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A Legacy of Words: A Discussion of the Frontier Legacy and Expansionist Rhetoric in the Nineteenth Century

Abstract This paper argues that the use of masculine rhetoric in the expansion of the United States derived from a larger ideological system that glorified masculinity through imperialism. The United States relied on the frontier myth, a belief that asserted that the nation was formed through the struggle of settling the frontier. The American man possessed the strength to conquer the wilderness and the people who already inhabited it. This version of masculinity combined not only elements of nationalism but also of race. As the United States continued to expand its borders through imperialism, the masculine identity associated with the frontier myth persisted in the psyche of the American male. The conquering man became the ideal of the American ma... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Alonso, Andrea (Author) / Hirt, Paul (Advisor) / Gray, Susan (Advisor) / Schermerhorn, Calvin (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject History / Expansion / Rhetoric
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 186 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis History 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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