Read all about it: Nationalism during the American Revolution

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2010-05

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In order to answer the question of whether or not nationalism was indeed created during the American Revolution a specific definition of what nationalism is must come first. This thesis will define nationalism by incorporating elements from three different writers' definitions – Joseph Stalin, Benedict Anderson, and Giuseppe Mazzini. With this definition in hand, it will be the goal of this thesis to try and answer the question of whether or not newspapers, broadsides, plays, poems, and songs created a sense of nationalism during the American Revolution. In the end, it is clear that newspapers, broadsides, plays, poems, and songs created a very specific form of nationalism. They created nationalism by addressing three elements; first, they distinguished American colonists from British citizens; second, they constructed an American community; and finally, they recognized and called for American civic duty. Interestingly, the confirmation of our argument leads to more questions than answers.


This thesis won 2nd Place in the Texas Tech University Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Award, Humanities/Fine Arts, 2011.


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