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Hanging TogetherUnity and Diversity in American Culture$
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John Higham and Carl Guarneri

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300088182

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300088182.001.0001

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America in Person

America in Person

The Evolution of National Symbols [1992]

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(p.23) 2 America in Person
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Hanging Together
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John Higham

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300088182.003.0003

From the late 1960s to the late 1980s, few studies have focused on American national consciousness and national identity as intellectual and cultural historians avoided the problem of nationalism. Historians interested in reopening the national question in America can learn a lot from a comparative perspective that draws on the history of Germany, eastern Europe, and the Third World. For example, Hans Kohn described the contrast between nationalism in western Europe on the one hand and in central and eastern Europe on the other. This chapter examines the national symbols employed by Americans to personify their country, from the Statue of Liberty to Uncle Sam. It also discusses four requirements of nationality: place, principles, polity, and people.

Keywords:   national consciousness, national identity, nationalism, America, national symbols, nationality, place, principles, polity, people

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