Theodore Roosevelt and the Divided Character of American Nationalism

  title={Theodore Roosevelt and the Divided Character of American Nationalism},
  author={Gary Gerstle},
  journal={Racially Writing the Republic},
  • G. Gerstle
  • Published 1 December 1999
  • Sociology
  • Racially Writing the Republic
Any examination of American nationalism must, sooner or later, contend with its contradictory character. On the one hand, it offers a civic creed promising all Americans the same individual rights irrespective of color, religion, or sex. That creed has strongly influenced American politics and society, imparting social cohesion to a sprawling, heterogeneous population and inspiring countless democratic movements. On the other hand, American nationalism has long harbored racial ideologies that… 
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