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The African American Roots of ModernismFrom Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance$
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James Smethurst

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834633

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807878088_smethurst

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The African American Roots of Modernism

James Smethurst

University of North Carolina Press

This book concludes by arguing that, while the United States had long been an expansionist nation, the transformation of U.S. manifest destiny to include the domination of territories outside of North America and of populations that would be ruled rather than displaced entailed the rise of new cultural geographies and new anxieties attending those geographies mapped onto the older meanings of the East–West and North–South axes. Economic and industrial changes also began to transform the symbolic meaning of East and West and North and South as the industrial center of the United States moved from the Northeast to the Midwest and, to a lesser degree, the South. While financial capital and the culture industries, with the exception of the burgeoning film industry, remained largely based in the Northeast, especially New York, the new mass production industries and the mineral extraction industries other than the electrical industry were increasingly identified with the Midwest and the South.

Keywords:   expansionist nation, United States, cultural geographies, industrial changes, industrial center, finance capital, culture industries

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