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By Jonathan M. Hansen

During the years best as much as international struggle I, the US skilled a challenge of civic id. How may possibly a rustic based on liberal ideas and composed of more and more varied cultures unite to protect members and advertise social justice? during this publication, Jonathan Hansen tells the tale of a bunch of yankee intellectuals who believed the answer to this situation lay in rethinking the that means of liberalism.

Intellectuals comparable to William James, John Dewey, Jane Addams, Eugene V. Debs, and W. E. B. Du Bois repudiated liberalism's organization with acquisitive individualism and laissez-faire economics, advocating a version of liberal citizenship whose virtues and commitments volume to what Hansen calls cosmopolitan patriotism. Rooted no longer in battle yet in commitment to social fairness, cosmopolitan patriotism favourite the struggle opposed to sexism, racism, and political corruption within the usa over battles opposed to international foes. Its adherents held the family and international coverage of the USA to its personal democratic beliefs and maintained that selling democracy universally constituted the final word kind of self-defense. might be most crucial, the cosmopolitan patriots appeared severe engagement with one's state because the essence of patriotism, thereby justifying scrutiny of yankee militarism in wartime.

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