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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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America Abroad at Home

America Abroad at Home

International Pressures and Nationhood

(p.108) 7 America Abroad at Home
The Liberty of Strangers

Desmond King

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the way in which the United States' role in supporting anti-colonial movements and other expressions of democracy abroad linked the nation further with a Wilsonian doctrine of national self-determination. It also examines how sensitivity and responsiveness make America adopt more just and nondiscriminatory policies toward those groups defined by race, ethnicity, and national background. State Department and other agencies were keen to project a positive picture of America's ideology of nationhood without conceding too much about the dilemmas of group injustices. Examples of domestic international pressures that forced changes in the 1960s are given. The chapter also outlines moves on reform of immigration policy and the new status of Native Americans.

Keywords:   American nationhood, United States, anti-colonial movement, democracy abroad, Wilsonian doctrine, home international pressures, immigration policy

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