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ERIC Number: EJ765167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
"And, We Burned Down the White House, Too": American History, Canadian Undergraduates, and Nationalism
Tagg, James
History Teacher, v37 n3 p309-334 May 2004
Good manners and false protests of ignorance about American history cloak underlying anti-American sentiments among students. Behind the facade, a jumbled set of emotions inform their discomforted imaginations. They are offended by the patronizing and condescending attitudes of Americans when the latter comment on, or intrude into, the outer world. They dislike the vulgar materialism of American society; scorn dumbed-down American culture; and are uncomfortable with the too familiar, too up-beat, too in-your-face candor of many Americans. American arrogance and self-righteousness; American ignorance of, and uninterest in, Canada; and American political, economic, and cultural "imperialism" frame these sometimes guarded feelings. Complicating these "anti" emotions is a still more profound yet not always well articulated fear that Canadian culture, and likely Canadian sovereignty, will be overwhelmed by a United States too ignorant and too uninterested to even notice the consequences of their actions. Two social history examples of these ameliorating effects will be examined in this essay. The limits of group identity and group interaction as curatives to nationalist conceptions will also be addressed. (Contains 47 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States