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Anti-Imperialist Modernism suggests that U.S. multi-ethnic cultural movements, located in political parties, small journals, labor unions, and struggles for racial liberation, helped construct a common-sense of international solidarity that critiqued ideas of nationalism and essentialized racial identity. The book thus moves beyond accounts that have tended to view the pre-war “Popular Front” through tropes of national belonging or an abandonment of the cosmopolitanism of previous decades. The book’s impressive archival research brings to light the ways in which a transnational vision of modernism and modernity was fashioned through anti-colonial networks of North/South solidarity. Chapters examine farmworker photographers in California's central valley, a Nez Perce intellectual traveling to the Soviet Union, imaginations of the Haitian Revolution, the memory of the U.S.-Mexico War, and U.S. radical writers traveling to Cuba. The last chapter examines how the Cold War foreclosed these movements within a nationalist framework, when activists and intellectuals had to suppress the transnational nature of their movements, often rewriting the cultural past to conform to a patriotic narrative of national belonging.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction. Anti-Imperialist Modernism: Transnational Radical Culture from the Great Depression to the Cold War
  2. pp. 1-37
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  1. 1 • This Land Is My Land: Cuba and the Anti-Imperialist Critique of a National-Popular Culture in the United States
  2. pp. 38-82
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  1. 2 • Travels of an American Indian into the Hinterlands of Soviet Russia: Native American Modernity and the Popular Front
  2. pp. 83-117
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  1. 3 • The Other Revolution: Haiti and the Aesthetics of Anti-Imperialist Modernism
  2. pp. 118-149
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  1. 4 • The Strike and the Terror: The Transnational Critique of the New Deal in the California Popular Front
  2. pp. 150-181
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  1. 5 • An Inland Empire: Fascism, Farm Labor, and the Memory of 1848
  2. pp. 182-223
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  1. 6 • Cold War Re-Visions: Red Scare Nationalism and the Unmade Salt of the Earth
  2. pp. 224-252
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 253-286
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 287-300
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472121502
Related ISBN
9780472119714
MARC Record
OCLC
933515730
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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