By Axel Körner, Adam I. P. Smith, N. Miller
Why has "America" - that's, the USA of the USA - develop into a lot more than just a spot within the mind's eye of such a lot of humans all over the world? In either Europe and Latin the US, the U.S. has usually been a website of a number of attainable futures, a reveal onto which may be projected utopian goals and dystopian nightmares. no matter if castigated as a risk to civilized order or championed as a promise of earthly paradise, the USA has perpetually been handled as a cipher for modernity. It has functioned as an inescapable reference aspect for either eu and Latin American societies, not just as a version of social and political association - one to reject as a lot one to emulate - but additionally because the best instance of a society rising from a dramatic variety of cultural and social backgrounds.
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Those who raised it, whether to laud or dismiss it, were invariably offering commentaries on the shortcomings, prospects, or superiority of their own society in relation to the United States, sometimes overtly, sometimes not. Europeans tapped into centuries of thinking about the New World as a land of emancipation and plenty, in which the contrast between the circumstances in America and in their home countries was taken for granted. For Latin Americans, who also generated images of the United States as a land of opportunity, it was less easy to imagine the great republic of the North as a place apart since their countries too were imagined, not least by themselves, as places of abundance freed from the constrictions of the Old Word.
104 Great hopes were placed in the Homestead Act of 1862, which, British radicals hoped, would bestow “the “magic of property” on every new immigrant. ”105 As the author of this piece in Reynolds’s saw it, the act was evidence that America was attempting to destroy land speculators and the evil of absentee landlordism. It was an example that the newspaper wanted Britain to follow. There were, argued British observers, two principal consequences of the availability of land in America. Both were points that had been made by the Chartist Land Company and other land reformers before the Civil War.
27 equality. One of the prime consequences of the Civil War for the imagined America, then, was the erosion of the perception that American democracy was necessarily more radically egalitarian than other forms of political organization. As Pelling has shown, in the decades after the Civil War, there was increasing concern in the English press about the state of the labor market in America. ” The Dobsons, apparently, were “now the owners of four large mills near the falls of Schuylkill, where they manufacture carpets and cloth.
America Imagined: Explaining the United States in Nineteenth-Century Europe and Latin America by Axel Körner, Adam I. P. Smith, N. Miller