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By Linda C. Noel

In the early 1900s, Teddy Roosevelt, New Mexico governors Miguel Antonio Otero and Octaviano Larrazolo, and Arizona legislator Carl Hayden—along with the voices of much less famous American ladies and men—promoted very diverse perspectives on what being an American intended. Their writings and speeches contributed to definitions of yankee nationwide id in the course of a tumultuous and dynamic period. At stake in those heated debates was once the very which means of what constituted an American, the political obstacles for the us, and the legitimacy of cultural variety in sleek America.

In Debating American Identity, Linda C. Noel examines numerous nation-defining events—the proposed statehood of Arizona and New Mexico, the production of a brief employee application through the First international warfare, immigration restrict within the Twenties, and the repatriation of immigrants within the early Thirties. Noel uncovers the differing ways that americans argued approximately how rookies may healthy in the countryside, when it comes to assimilation, pluralism, or marginalization, and the importance of sophistication prestige, race, and tradition in deciding upon American identity.

Noel indicates not just how the definition of yank used to be contested, but additionally how the industrial and political energy of individuals of Mexican descent, their wish to comprise as americans or now not, and the call for for his or her territory or hard work through different americans performed an immense half in shaping judgements approximately statehood and nationwide immigration guidelines. Debating American Identity skillfully indicates how early 20th century debates over statehood encouraged later ones referring to immigration; in doing so, it resonates with present discussions, leading to a well-timed examine 20th century citizenship.

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