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This Violent Empire: The Birth of an American National Identity

Carroll Smith-Rosenberg


This book traces the origins of American violence, racism, and paranoia to the founding moments of the new nation and the initial instability of Americans' national sense of self. Fusing cultural and political analyses to create a new form of political history, it explores the ways the founding generation, lacking a common history, governmental infrastructures, and shared culture, solidified their national sense of self by imagining a series of “Others” (African Americans, Native Americans, women, the propertyless) whose differences from European American male founders overshadowed the differe ... More

Keywords: violence, racism, founding generation, Others, xenophobia, sexism, political rhetoric, political history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780807832967
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9780807832967.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, author