America Imagined: Explaining the United States in by Axel Körner, Adam I. P. Smith, N. Miller

By Axel Körner, Adam I. P. Smith, N. Miller

Why has "America" - that's, the USA of the USA - develop into much more than just a spot within the mind's eye of such a lot of humans around the globe? In either Europe and Latin the United States, the USA has usually been a website of a number of attainable futures, a reveal onto that can be projected utopian goals and dystopian nightmares. even if castigated as a chance to civilized order or championed as a promise of earthly paradise, the USA has constantly been taken care of as a cipher for modernity. It has functioned as an inescapable reference aspect for either ecu and Latin American societies, not just as a version of social and political association - one to reject as a lot one to emulate - but additionally because the top instance of a society rising from a dramatic range of cultural and social backgrounds.

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In addition to the importance of republican institutions, it was public education and religious freedom that most often appeared in European and Latin American accounts as the key to US prosperity. ”10 In this, as in so many other respects, the United States offered the counterfoil to LAND OF OPPORTUNITY? 23 English failures: “In this country education is doled out like an alms— bestowed as a boon, and not acknowledged as a right . . ”12 The capacity to educate all of the different peoples that landed on its shores, from wherever they came, was hailed by many Latin American intellectuals as the secret of US success.

Rustic workers, women, children, poor people in shirt-sleeves, dirty, dishevelled immigrants, entered the luxuriously carpeted salon; they all shook that symbolic hand, which directs the destiny of the United States. ”81 The image of Lincoln as a man of the people was far more resonant in Cuba, where the US Civil War, which had immediate implications for that island, was followed closely. 83 What is certain is that the adventures of two Cubans who fought for the Union and were present at Gettysburg were followed avidly in Cuba through the pro-Lincoln newspaper, El Siglo,84 and that a refrain often heard in the Cuban fields during the 1860s was “Avanza, Lincoln, avanza/Tu eres nuestra esperanza” (Advance, Lincoln, advance/You are our deliverance [lit.

5 For many Germans, for 22 ADAM I. P. SMITH example, America was a land of opportunity in all senses of the word. ”6 As Chapter 4 will explain, emigration was often a source of negative images of the United States in nineteenth-century Europe, but there was also a burgeoning literature that reiterated romantic images of the rich uncle from America and from rags to riches tales. Advice manuals on emigration developed as a new genre during the first half of the century. ”7 Working-class emigration societies in Britain promoted America as a place where men could become their own masters.

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