Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920 by Jackson LearsFascinating.... A major work by a leading historian at the top of his game—at once engaging and tightly argued. —The New York Times Book Review
“Dazzling cultural history: smart, provocative, and gripping. It is also a book for our times, historically grounded, hopeful, and filled with humane, just, and peaceful possibilities.” —The Washington Post
An illuminating and authoritative history of America in the years between the Civil War and World War I, Jackson Lears’s Rebirth of a Nation was named one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920
Thank you! The end of Reconstruction in also marked the beginning of decades of social and economic upheaval that transformed the nation from a sleepy republic to a world power. During this contentious period the noble Republican Party of Lincoln become the captive of big business, while the old bugaboo of race kept Northern and Southern Democrats from mobilizing an effective opposition. In richly allusive and lively prose, Lears explains how the desire for reconciliation among whites was achieved at the price of equal rights for blacks and a reign of racial terror. For him, Teddy Roosevelt was a monster and Woodrow Wilson a tragic figure, overwhelmed by dark forces. There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again.
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Jackson Lears's new history of the United States, from the end of Reconstruction to the wrap-up of World War I , Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, , smolders with banked rage at the age in which it was written. The author's idea of truly virtuous patriotism — as distinct from the jingoism that indelibly mark Teddy Roosevelt, for one, as an overgrown adolescent — appear toward the end of the fifth chapter, "Crisis and Regeneration. Anti-imperialism at its best was characterized by a particularity of vision, a refusal of euphemism, a realism tempered by ethical concerns about the corrupting influence of imperial power on both the rulers and the ruled. These concerns came straight from the framers of the Constitution, who were haunted by the historical pattern of republics trading liberties for the false comforts of empire. Mahan caught the conflict in , when he complained that "any project of extending the sphere of the United States, to annexation or otherwise, is met by the constitutional lion in the path.
Argument Synopsis. Lears traces the period between Reconstruction and World War I through the culture of a Protestant yearning for regeneration and rebirth.
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Rebirth of a Nation is ambitious in conception, sharp in tone, stylish in composition, erudite in argument, and unified by the force of conviction. The uncertainty inherent in turn-of-the-century scientific and philosophical discoveries dashed the very idea of a fixed moral code. Many Americans felt adrift. These seem harmless enough, but Lears thinks they belong to the same ethic of manly valor that wiped out the last of the Plains Indians in Everyone from Henry Adams to Harry Houdini felt fascinated by force and magic, power and escape. Lears ends as he began, yoking his theme to organized violence. Lears, full of high purpose, is not a slave to method.