By Axel Körner, Adam I. P. Smith, N. Miller
Why has "America" - that's, the USA of the United States - turn 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 US, the U.S. has usually been a website of a number of attainable futures, a monitor onto which can be projected utopian goals and dystopian nightmares. even if castigated as a probability to civilized order or championed as a promise of earthly paradise, the USA has perpetually been handled as a cipher for modernity. It has functioned as an inescapable reference aspect for either eu 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 leading instance of a society rising from a dramatic variety of cultural and social backgrounds.
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For many Cuban workers, it was literally a land of opportunity for the signiﬁcant numbers who went to work in Florida’s cigar factories. ”48 José Martí, who was notoriously critical of many aspects of 30 ADAM I. P. SMITH US society in his chronicles of the 1880s, emphasizing the divide between “high society” and the masses, presenting in sharp relief the ﬁgures of the boss and the robber baron, laying bare the corruption of the wealthy, nevertheless repeatedly evoked “the marvellous prosperity of the United States, [ .
99 Writing in the Newcastle Weekly Chronicle at the time of the centenary of the Declaration of Independence, the old Chartist W. E. 101 In this respect, as in so many others, the United States provided the alternative model. As the Liverpool Mercury put it in 1880, “while in England public policy has unremittedly [sic] favoured the accumulation of estates in land by the Few, that of the Republic has as steadily been directed towards their dispersion among the many. ”102 In Reynolds’s, a regular contributor under the pen name “Northumbrian,” who appeared to be an English emigrant to the United States, assured readers in 1887 that “beneath the star-spangled banner, with its glorious memories of noble 40 ADAM I.
16 There were reasons for midcentury radicals to be skeptical about the promise of American democracy, the foremost of which was the presence of slavery—one traveling English Chartist complained that “he had enjoyed 24 ADAM I. P. ”17 Consequently, emancipation and Union victory in the Civil War was a major boost to the idea of America as a land of opportunity. 18 For John Bright, the struggle for reform in Britain was as much at stake in the American Civil War as was the emancipation of the slaves.