Seminar, Malgeri Modern American Society and Culture Seminar The Reinvention of Tradition: Conformist Nationalism in the United States, 1923-1931 30 November 2021.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 6:30PM Hybrid Event Kelly Lyons, Boston College Comment: Jonathan Hansen, Harvard University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/masc_banner.jpg

In the 1920s, amid fears that American national identity was under threat from communism, pacifism, and immigration, nationalist organizations in the United States standardized many of the patriotic rituals and traditions Americans performed in their daily lives. This Nationalist Network, led by the American Legion and U.S. Flag Association, grew increasingly right-wing in this period, inventing and reinventing patriotic traditions to “Americanize” those who were already citizens and control their behavior to adhere to white, upper middle-class norms. These traditions reinforced existing racial and class hierarchies and defined American nationalism along exclusionary principles.

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