Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History (2020)

Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History Rogers M. Smith Civic Ideals Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U S History Is civic identity in the United States really defined by liberal democratic political principles Or is U S citizenship the product of multiple traditions not only liberalism and republicanism but als
  • Title: Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History
  • Author: Rogers M. Smith
  • ISBN: 9780300078770
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Paperback
Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History Rogers M. Smith Is civic identity in the United States really defined by liberal, democratic political principles Or is U.S citizenship the product of multiple traditions not only liberalism and republicanism but also white supremacy, Anglo Saxon supremacy, Protestant supremacy, and male supremacy In this powerful and disturbing book, Rogers Smith traces political struggles over U.S cIs civic identity in the United States really defined by liberal, democratic political principles Or is U.S citizenship the product of multiple traditions not only liberalism and republicanism but also white supremacy, Anglo Saxon supremacy, Protestant supremacy, and male supremacy In this powerful and disturbing book, Rogers Smith traces political struggles over U.S citizenship laws from the colonial period through the Progressive era and shows that throughout this time, most adults were legally denied access to full citizenship, including political rights, solely because of their race, ethnicity, or gender Basic conflicts over these denials have driven political development and civic membership in the U.S Smith argues These conflicts are what truly define U.S civic identity up to this day.Others have claimed that nativist, racist, and sexist traditions have been marginal or that they are purely products of capitalist institutions In contrast, Smith s pathbreaking account explains why these traditions have been central to American political and economic life He shows that in the politics of nation building, principles of democracy and liberty have often failed to foster a sense of shared peoplehood and have instead led many Americans to claim that they are a chosen people, a master race or superior culture, with distinctive gender roles Smith concludes that today the United States is in a period of reaction against the egalitarian civic reforms of the last generation, with nativist, racist, and sexist beliefs regaining influence He suggests ways that proponents of liberal democracy should alter their view of U.S citizenship in order to combat these developments effectively.
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  1. Hannah

    Informative and pretty incisive Smith s style suggests that he is quite EARNEST, a quality that many of you may know often causes me to feeldisdain But here I think it is an asset.

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