By Axel Körner, Adam I. P. Smith, N. Miller
Why has "America" - that's, the U.S. of the United States - turn into a lot more than just a spot within the mind's eye of such a lot of humans all over the world? In either Europe and Latin the USA, the us has frequently been a website of a number of attainable futures, a monitor onto that can be projected utopian goals and dystopian nightmares. even if castigated as a chance to civilized order or championed as a promise of earthly paradise, the US has continuously been handled as a cipher for modernity. It has functioned as an inescapable reference element for either ecu and Latin American societies, not just as a version of social and political association - one to reject as a lot one to emulate - but additionally because the best instance of a society rising from a dramatic range of cultural and social backgrounds.
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23 Disenchantment For some, however, the Civil War pointed to a very different conclusion: that the United States was no longer a beacon of either political democracy or economic opportunity. This was an especially common viewpoint among those who had long harbored a deep mistrust of what America represented. An example is the English historian Lord Acton. In an 1865 lecture, he argued that, before the Civil War, America had been a “distant magnet” that exercised a “power of attraction over Europe of which the great migration is only a subordinate sign,” but that the war showed that those hopes had been proved false.
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America Imagined: Explaining the United States in Nineteenth-Century Europe and Latin America by Axel Körner, Adam I. P. Smith, N. Miller