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Immigrant Minds, American Identities Making the United States Home, 1870-1930 cover
  • ISBN: 9780252025624
  • ISBN10: 0252025628

Immigrant Minds, American Identities Making the United States Home, 1870-1930

by Orm Verland

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
  • Publish date: 10/01/2000
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Focusing on a period of American history marked by a sharp division between Anglo-Americans ("Americans") and non-Anglo European immigrants ("foreigners"), Orm Overland examines the creation and dissemination of "homemaking myths": stories that weave immigrants into the basic fabric of America by linking them to the pivotal events and ideas of their new homeland.

Homemaking myths uncover a role for immigrants in the nation's founding, a place of honor in the nation's wars, and traces of American democratic political ideology in the immigrants' ethnic past. By virtue of their ethnic group's contributions, these myths maintain, non-Anglo European immigrants came to America not as foreigners but as ready-made ideal citizens of the Republic.

Overland shows that the plots and themes of homemaking myths share so many characteristics that they must be considered an American phenomenon rather than one peculiar to an individual ethnic group. As a symbol of the immigrant's insider status, these stories have played a crucial role in carving out a place for immigrants in an Anglo-dominated society.

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