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The Reinvention of Tradition: Conformist Nationalism in the United States, 1923-1931
Seminar, Malgeri Modern American Society and Culture

Cancelled: The Reinvention of Tradition: Conformist Nationalism in the United States, 1923-1931

Kelly Lyons, Boston College
Comment: Jonathan Hansen, Harvard University

Thursday, May 12, 2022, 5:15PM - 6:30PM

Please note that this program has been CANCELLED and will not be rescheduled. 

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.

 

 

CANCELLED