Debating American Identity: Southwestern Statehood and by Linda C. Noel PDF

By Linda C. Noel

ISBN-10: 0816530459

ISBN-13: 9780816530458

In the early 1900s, Teddy Roosevelt, New Mexico governors Miguel Antonio Otero and Octaviano Larrazolo, and Arizona legislator Carl Hayden—along with the voices of much less recognized American girls and men—promoted very assorted perspectives on what being an American intended. Their writings and speeches contributed to definitions of yankee nationwide id in the course of a tumultuous and dynamic period. At stake in those heated debates was once the very which means of what constituted an American, the political obstacles for the USA, and the legitimacy of cultural range in smooth America.

In Debating American Identity, Linda C. Noel examines numerous nation-defining events—the proposed statehood of Arizona and New Mexico, the construction of a short lived employee application in the course of the First international conflict, immigration limit within the Nineteen Twenties, and the repatriation of immigrants within the early Nineteen Thirties. Noel uncovers the differing ways that american citizens argued approximately how beginners may possibly healthy in the geographical region, when it comes to assimilation, pluralism, or marginalization, and the importance of sophistication prestige, race, and tradition in picking out American identity.

Noel indicates not just how the definition of yank was once contested, but additionally how the industrial and political energy of individuals of Mexican descent, their wish to comprise as american citizens or now not, and the call for for his or her territory or exertions through different american citizens performed a massive half in shaping judgements approximately statehood and nationwide immigration rules. Debating American Identity skillfully indicates how early 20th century debates over statehood prompted later ones bearing on immigration; in doing so, it resonates with present discussions, leading to a well-timed examine 20th century citizenship.

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