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Description - Bonds of Affection by John Bodnar

In this volume the contributors explore the manner in which Americans have discussed and practicesd their patrioticism over the last 200 years. Their essays investigate the extent to which the promise of democracy has explained citizen loyalty and what other factors - such as devotion to home and family - have influenced patriotism. How patriotism has served as a tool to maintain the power of a dominant group and to obscure internal social ills is also discussed. The text examines the use of patriotic language and symbols in building unity in the early republic, rebuilding the nation after the Civil War, and sustaining loyalty in an increasingly diverse society. Continuing through the World Wars to the Clinton residency, the essay topics range from multiculturism to reactions toward masculine power.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691043968
ISBN-10: 0691043965
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 360
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 13-May-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John Bodnar

John Bodna is Professor of History at Indiana University. He is the author of Remaking America: Public Memory, Commemoration, and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century (Princeton).

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