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The Liberty of StrangersMaking the American Nation$
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Desmond King

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306439

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306439.001.0001

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How to Become an American

How to Become an American

(p.25) 2 How to Become an American
The Liberty of Strangers

Desmond King

Oxford University Press

The chapter shows how assimilationist democracy unavoidably attached the most importance to building a singular sense of nation among its members and rode roughshod over democratic rights. This meant establishing a standard of assimilation toward which those deemed unassimilated had to strive. Assimilated education, separate education, and education abroad are described in detail. Americanization frequently accentuated rather than diluted a group's identity, setting future nation-building challenges.

Keywords:   American, assimilationist democracy, nation, assimilated education, separate education, education abroad, Americanization

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