Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920 - Jackson Lears

The epic film Birth of a Nation transfixed the American public in 1915. Its depiction of the Civil War illustrated a unified modern American identity, tied to white Protestant militarism. Jackson Lear’s Rebirth Of A Nation (Harper Perennial, $15.99) traces how the memory of the Civil War inspired a country to glorify violence as a means to progress. Lear links the personal to the political—individuals worked to purify themselves for the good of the nation, and each political struggle determined the moral compass of that nation. This revitalized identity grew into a sense of global crusade, mobilizing Americans to expand overseas. While the violence of modern warfare in World War I may have shaken faith in positive military intervention, Lear’s concept of rebirth continues to echo in American politics and foreign engagements today.

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ISBN: 9780060747503
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 8th, 2010