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By Axel Körner, Adam I. P. Smith, N. Miller

Why has "America" - that's, the USA of the United States - develop into much more than just a spot within the mind's eye of such a lot of humans around the globe? In either Europe and Latin the USA, the us has frequently been a domain of a number of attainable futures, a display onto which may be projected utopian goals and dystopian nightmares. no matter if castigated as a probability to civilized order or championed as a promise of earthly paradise, the US has consistently been taken care of as a cipher for modernity. It has functioned as an inescapable reference aspect 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 in addition because the best instance of a society rising from a dramatic variety of cultural and social backgrounds.

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9 Natural abundance was usually linked to other, essentially political, factors. In addition to the importance of republican institutions, it was public education and religious freedom that most often appeared in European and Latin American accounts as the key to US prosperity. ”10 In this, as in so many other respects, the United States offered the counterfoil to LAND OF OPPORTUNITY? 23 English failures: “In this country education is doled out like an alms— bestowed as a boon, and not acknowledged as a right .

27 Similarly, in France, the conservative features of the US polity attracted renewed attention. 28 In Spain, there were similar analyses of the resilience of American republican institutions (as discussed further in Chapter 2). And, even in Italy, where, as will be illustrated in Chapter 4, the predominant reaction to the American Civil War was horror at futile bloodshed, the liberal periodical Nuova Antologia argued that the outcome of the war had established firmer foundations for 26 ADAM I.

Even so, to a notable extent, Cuban images from the 1890s convey the persistence of a quite widely shared sense that the American people, if not US governments, were the bearers of the founding ideals. Abraham Lincoln: Man of the People The enduring faith in the American republic as a land of opportunity for workingmen was expressed by a widespread veneration of Abraham Lincoln as the epitome of the democratic hero. The tone had been struck by none other than Karl Marx, who, in 1864, drafted a letter on behalf of the International Workingmen’s Association congratulating “the singleminded son of the working class” on his reelection.

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