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, besides the fact that, was once observed via criminal segregation, racial exclusionism, and questions of citizens’ nationwide loyalty and dedication to a shared set of “American” ideals and identification. The defective premise that homogeneity—as the emblem of the “melting pot”—was the mark of a robust country underlined nativist ideals whereas undercutting the wealthy range of cultures and lifeways of the inhabitants. notwithstanding many authors of the time were seen via this nativist lens, numerous texts do certainly comprise 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 innovations of yankee id in response to sociohistorical environments. Newmark explores subject matters 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 sidestep Luhan, and Zitkala-Ša, between others.

This exploration of the relationship among innovations of position and pluralist groups finds how mutual reviews of position can provide extra optimistic different types of neighborhood than simply discussions of nationalism, belonging, and borders.

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