Title

No Immigrants or Radicals Need Apply: Varieties of Nativism in 1920s America

Authors

Alexander Pavuk

Document Type

Book Section

Publication Title

A Companion to Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover

Publication Date

2014

Date Added

2022-05-16

Abstract

This chapter considers social and political anti-radical and nativist movements in the United States from late World War I through the early 1920s. It particularly emphasizes competing models of national identity stimulated by demographic, cultural, and economic shifts. The narrative presents a broad overview of the scholarship of recent decades on World War I antiradicalism; the first Red Scare; the Sacco and Vanzetti trial; and the second Ku Klux Klan. At the same time, it offers a subtle thread of analysis grounded in a cultural history approach where nationalism is seen as a historically contingent and ever-contested concept in modern liberal democracies. The appropriateness of standard scholarly demarcations between legitimate and deviant nationalisms is questioned in ways that suggest avenues for future research.

ISBN

978-1-118-83451-0 978-1-4443-5003-6

Keywords

History of racism

Disciplines

History

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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