Just Like Us The American Struggle to Understand Foreigners
Just Like Us The American Struggle to Understand Foreigners
epub | 2.84 MB | English | Author :Thomas Borstelmann | 2020 | Columbia University Press



Just Like Us The American Struggle to Understand Foreigners


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Americans have long considered themselves a people set apart. Yet American exceptionalism is built on a set of tacit beliefs about other cultures. From the founding exclusion of indigenous peoples and enslaved Africans to the uneasy welcome of waves of immigrants, from republican disavowals of colonialism to Cold War proclamations of freedom, Americans' ideas of their differences from others have shaped the modern world-and how Americans have viewed foreigners is deeply revealing of their assumptions about themselves.
Just Like Us is a pathbreaking exploration of what foreignness has meant across American history. Thomas Borstelmann traces American ambivalence about non-Americans, identifying a paradoxical perception of foreigners as suspiciously different yet fundamentally sharing American values at heart beneath the layers of culture. Considering race and religion, notions of the American way of life, attitudes toward immigrants, competition with communism,...

Category : | Historical Essays, Historical Essays, Sociology

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