United States: Suggested Readings


Editor's Note: Professor Spillman suggests the following list as a useful introduction to nationalism in the United States. She adds that the literature on the US is very fragmented between chronological periods (e.g. late 18 century versus early 20 century), and topics (collective memory, party politics and immigrant integration, etc). Readers should therefore use this list as an overview and then design future reading with these divisions in mind.

John Bodnar, Remaking America: Public Memory, Commemoration, and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992.

Michael Kammen, Mystic Chords of Memory: The Transformation of Tradition in American Culture. New York: Knopf, 1991

Hans Kohn, American Nationalism: An Interpretive Essay. New York: MacMillan, 1957

Seymour M Lipset, The First New Nation: The United States In Comparative and Historical Perspective. New York: W. W. Norton and Co., 1979 (1973).

Wilbur Zelinsky, Nation Into State: The Shifting Symbolic Foundations of American Nationalism. Chapel Hill and Lonon: University of North Carolina Press, 1988.

- Lynette Spillman
Associate Professor of Sociology
University of Notre Dame