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American Nationalisms

American Nationalisms
Imagining Union in the Age of Revolutions, 1783–1833

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  • Publication planned for: December 2017
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2017
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108420372

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  • America was born in an age of political revolution throughout the Atlantic World, a period when the very definition of 'nation' was transforming. Benjamin E. Park traces how Americans imagined novel forms of nationality during the country's first five decades within the context of European discussions taking place at the same time. Focusing on three case studies - Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina - Park examines in detail how the practice of nationalism took place in three specific contexts. He argues for a more elastic connection between nationalism and the nation-state by demonstrating that ideas concerning political and cultural allegiance to a federal body developed in different ways and at different rates throughout the nation. American Nationalisms traces how ideas of nationality permeated political debates, religious revivals, patriotic festivals, disputes over slavery, and even literature.

    • Proposes a new way for understanding how nationalism was understood in early America, showing how ideas of 'nation' and 'union' evolved in different ways and at different rates throughout different American states
    • Demonstrates that regional divergences were in existence from the founding period, engaging three different states during America's first fifty years
    • Demonstrates how ideas concerning nationalism were expressed in politics, religion, patriotic rituals, anti-slavery activism, and fiction
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    Advance praise: ‘Benjamin E. Park is in the vanguard of a new generation of intellectual historians who are transforming our understanding of the consequences of the American Revolution. American Nationalisms interrogates the origins of American national identity. With penetrating insight and graceful prose Park shows how Americans struggled to forge a common identity in the aftermath of independence. This is a landmark study.' Frank Cogliano, University of Edinburgh

    Advance praise: ‘What happened when Americans celebrated their nation only to discover that their understandings of the nation diverged from region to region? Could the young United States really build one nation out of many parts, as ‘E pluribus unum' suggested? In this engrossing and vital book, Park deftly illuminates how the ambiguities of revolutionary-era nationalism helped pave the road to civil war.' Caitlin Fitz, Northwestern University, Illinois

    Advance praise: ‘In an era of disunity, Park has crafted a book about the politics of oneness - the imagining of unity and nationhood - in the nascent days of the republic. This is a cogent and timely volume about how Americans define who belongs, and about how the very idea of belonging creates a nation.' Adam Jortner, Auburn University, Alabama

    Advance praise: ‘Turning the American federal union into a nation was no easy task. Benjamin E. Park's American Nationalisms reveals the hard work that had to be done to imagine the United States of America into existence. Well researched, clearly written, and with deep insight, this book is an exciting and much-needed contribution to the scholarship on the Early American Republic.' Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard Law School

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    • Publication planned for: December 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108420372
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2017
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Imagining Union:
    1. Imagining nationalism in an age of statehood
    2. Local preachers, Thanksgiving sermons, and New England's national covenant
    Part II. Imagining Disunion:
    3. (Re)constructing state, nation, and empire in the Second War with Great Britain
    4. Liberty, slavery, and the rise of sectionalism
    5. The nullification crisis and the fracturing of national interests
    Epilogue: the boundaries of America's nationalist imagination.

  • Author

    Benjamin E. Park, Sam Houston State University, Texas
    Benjamin E. Park currently serves as an assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University, Texas. He received graduate degrees in religion, politics, and history from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Cambridge. He has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston University's American Politics Institute, and the University of Missouri's Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. His publications have appeared in the Journal of the Early Republic, Early American Studies, the Journal of American Studies, and American Nineteenth Century History.

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