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A Nation Without Borders: The United States and its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910

A Nation Without Borders:  The United States and its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910

by Steven Hahn,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 25, 2016

In the mid-20th century, historians often celebrated American "exceptionalism" and our nation's supposedly progressive march to democracy and inclusion. Since then, accounts of the past have tended to dwell on the dark side. Historians have emphasized the increasing concentration of political and economic power and the pervasiveness of discrimination against and exploitation of African Americans, Indians, Hispanics, wage laborers, and women.

 

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