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American Crucible:
Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century
Gary Gerstle

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List of Figures xi
Acknowledgments xiii
CHAPTER 1: Theodore Roosevelt's Racialized Nation, 1890-1900 14
A History of the American ''Race'' 17
War, Renewal, and the Problem of the ''Smoked Yankee'' 25
CHAPTER 2: Civic Nationalism and Its Contradictions, 1890-1917 44
''True Americanism'' 47
Racial Dilemmas 59
The New Nationalism 65
CHAPTER: Hardening the Boandaries of the Nation, 1917-1929 81
War and Discipline 8
''Keeping Pure the Blood of America'' 95
Civic Nationalism in the New Racial Regime 115
Aborting the New Nationalism 122
CHAPTER 4: The Rooseveltion Nation Ascendant, 1930-1940 128
A Kinder and Gentler Nation Builder 131
Radicalizing the Civic Nationalist Creed 139
Conservative Counterattack 156
The Survival of Racialized Nationalism 162
CHAPTER 5: Good War, Race War, 1941-1945 187
The Good War 189
Race War 201
''Something Drastic Should Be Done'': The Military's Hidden Race War 210
Combat and White Male Comradeship 220
CHAPTER 6: The Cold War, Anticommunism, and Nation in Flux, 1946-1960 28
War, Repression, and Nation Building 241
The Red Scare and the Decline of Racial Nationalism 246
Racial Nationalism Redux: The Case of Immigration Reform 256
CHAPTER 7: Civil Rights, White Resistance, and Black Nationalism, 1960-1968 268
Civil Rights and Civic Nationalism 270
''I Question America'': The Crisis in Atlantic City 286
''Speaking as a Victim of This American System'' 295
CHAPTER 8: Vietnam, Cultural Revolt, and the Collapse of the Rooseveltion Nation, 1968-1975 311
A Catastrophic War 313
The Spread of Anti-Americanism and the Revolt against
Assimilation 327
The Collapse of the Rooseveltian Nation 342
EPILOGUE: Beyond the Rooseveltion Nation, 1975-2000 347
Varieties of Multiculturalism 349
''A Springtime of Hope'': Ronald Reagan and the Nationalist Renaissance 357
Reviving the Liberal Nation 365
Notes 375
Index 439

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