By Julianne Newmark
The first 3 a long time of the 20th century observed the most important interval of immigration in U.S. heritage. This immigration, even if, was once followed by means of felony segregation, racial exclusionism, and questions of citizens’ nationwide loyalty and dedication to a shared set of “American” ideals and id. The defective premise that homogeneity—as the emblem of the “melting pot”—was the mark of a powerful state underlined nativist ideals whereas undercutting the wealthy variety of cultures and lifeways of the inhabitants. notwithstanding many authors of the time were considered via this nativist lens, a number of texts do certainly include an array of pluralist subject matters of society and tradition that contradict nativist orientations.
In The Pluralist mind's eye from East to West in American Literature, Julianne Newmark brings city northeastern, western, southwestern, and local American literature into debates approximately pluralism and nationwide belonging and thereby uncovers new thoughts of yank id in line with sociohistorical environments. Newmark explores topics of plurality and position as a response to nativism within the writings of Louis Adamic, Konrad Bercovici, Abraham Cahan, Willa Cather, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Charles Alexander Eastman, James Weldon Johnson, D. H. Lawrence, Mabel avoid Luhan, and Zitkala-Ša, between others.
This exploration of the relationship among thoughts of position and pluralist groups finds how mutual reviews of position can supply extra positive different types of group than simply discussions of nationalism, belonging, and borders.