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The end of the myth : from the frontier to the border wall in the mind of America

by Grandin, Greg, 1962- (Author)

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Frederick Jackson Turner's "Frontier Thesis" argued that the expansion of settlement across a frontier of "free land" created a uniquely American form of political equality, a vibrant, forward-looking individualism. Grandin explores the effect that constant, relentless expansion had on America's dom... Full description

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Summary: Frederick Jackson Turner's "Frontier Thesis" argued that the expansion of settlement across a frontier of "free land" created a uniquely American form of political equality, a vibrant, forward-looking individualism. Grandin explores the effect that constant, relentless expansion had on America's domestic politics. He examines the full sweep of U.S. history-- from the American Revolution to the election of 2016-- and shows that this movement deflected domestic political and economic conflicts, but meant that the country's problems, from racism to inequality, were never confronted directly. Political passions that had long been directed elsewhere are now focused back home, and the border wall-- whether or not it is built-- may well provide an allegorical tombstone marking the end of American exceptionalism. -- adapted from introduction and jacket
Physical Description: xii, 369 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages [293]-352) and index.
ISBN: 9781250179821
1250179823
Author Notes: Greg Grandin is the author of Fordlandia, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. A professor of history at New York University, Grandin has published a number of other widely acclaimed books, including Empire's Workshop, Kissinger's Shadow, and The Empire of Necessity, which won the Bancroft Prize.
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