Jackson Lears on Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America 1877-1920
Aired: September 25, 2010
Award-winning author and historian Jackson Lears discusses the profound changes affecting the United States in the tumultuous half-century between the end of Reconstruction and World War I, as explored in his book, Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920. In this interview, Lears argues that this era was characterized by an intense yearning for renewal, which fundamentally shaped the development of a modern American nation. From beneficial social change such as the creation of the Food and Drug Administration and labor laws to American imperialism and eugenics, Lears astutely explores the relationship between a culture of rebirth, militarism, morality, and foreign conquest.
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- Raritan: A Quarterly Review: In addition to teaching and writing, Jackson holds the position of editor-in-chief of Raritan: A Quarterly Review, a magazine of essays, poetry, and fiction.
- New York Times Sunday Book Review: A New York Times review of Rebirth of a Nation
- Harper Collins: Publishers of Rebirth of a Nation