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A Republic in TimeTemporality and Social Imagination in Nineteenth-Century America$
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Thomas M. Allen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831793

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807868171_allen

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The Future Republic

The Future Republic

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A Republic in Time

Thomas M. Allen

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter sets the stage for time and American national identity by investigating the relationship between time and space through a reconfiguration of the classic problem of republic and empire. The idea that Americans looked to the possibility of unlimited westward expansion as a salve for the problem of imperial corruption has long been one of American studies' most cherished theses. The chapter traces the temporal dimension of American nationalism through a variety of different areas of cultural production, including journalism, political theory, narratives in prose and verse, painting, and education reform. Focusing in depth upon any one of these areas would be a valuable scholarly endeavor, but the purpose of the present study is different.

Keywords:   time, American national identity, republic, empire, imperial corruption, temporal dimension, American nationalism

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