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The Colonizing Trick National Culture and Imperial Citizenship in Early America by David Kazanjian
  

The Colonizing Trick National Culture and Imperial Citizenship in Early America

Part of the Critical American Studies Series Series

RRP £72.00

Synopsis

The Colonizing Trick National Culture and Imperial Citizenship in Early America by David Kazanjian

An illuminating look at the concepts of race, nation, and equality in eighteenth-and nineteenth-century America, The idea that all men are created equal is as close to a universal tenet as exists in American history. In this hard-hitting book, David Kazanjian interrogates this tenet, exploring transformative flash points in early America when the belief in equality came into contact with seemingly contrary ideas about race and nation. The Colonizing Trick depicts early America as a white settler colony in the process of becoming an empire--one deeply integrated with Euro-American political economy, imperial ventures in North America and Africa, and pan-American racial formations. Kazanjian traces tensions between universal equality and racial or national particularity through theoretically informed critical readings of a wide range of texts: the political writings of David Walker and Maria Stewart, the narratives of black mariners, economic treatises, the personal letters of Thomas Jefferson and Phillis Wheatley, Charles Brockden Brown's fiction, congressional tariff debats, international treaties, and popular novelettes about the U.S.-Mexico War and the Yucatan's Caste War. Kazanjian shows how emergent racial and national formations do not contradict universalist egalitarianism; rather, they rearticulate it, making equality at once restricted, formal, abstract, and materially embodied.

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Publication date

18th December 2003

Author

David Kazanjian

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Publisher

University of Minnesota Press

Format

Hardback
400 pages

Categories

Regional studies
History of the Americas

ISBN

9780816642373

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