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The Lost Promise of Patriotism
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The Lost Promise of Patriotism: Debating American Identity, 1890–1920

Jonathan M. Hansen


During the years leading up to World War I, America experienced a crisis of civic identity. How could a country founded on liberal principles and composed of increasingly diverse cultures unite to safeguard individuals and promote social justice? This book tells the story of a group of American intellectuals who believed the solution to this crisis lay in rethinking the meaning of liberalism. Intellectuals such as William James, John Dewey, Jane Addams, Eugene V. Debs, and W. E. B. Du Bois repudiated liberalism's association with acquisitive individualism and laissez-faire economics, advocatin ... More

Keywords: United States, World War I, civic identity, social justice, liberalism, acquisitive individualism, cosmopolitan patriotism, social equity, American militarism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226315836
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226315850.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan M. Hansen, author