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The Liberty of Strangers: Making the American Nation

Desmond King


Spanning the entire 20th century and encompassing immigration policies, the nationalistic fallout from both world wars, the civil rights movement, and nation-building efforts in the postcolonial era, this book advances a major new interpretation of American nationalism and the future prospects for diverse democracies. Tracing how Americans have confronted and relinquished, but mostly clung to group identities over the past century, the book debunks one of the guiding assumptions of American nationhood, namely that group distinction and identification would gradually dissolve over time, creatin ... More

Keywords: immigration, nationalism, civil rights movement, nation-building, America, democracy, group identities, American nationhood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195306439
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306439.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Desmond King, author
Nuffield College, University of Oxford
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