George Orwell's oeuvre has an international following, but, surprisingly, among both left and right-wing Americans, who believe that he is the guide to modern mind-control, moving more and more to an anticommunist position by the end of his life. But his wartime essays reveal a more complicated persona than is usually assumed. American Studies scholars should know about his oft-stated conflicts, and that he was more than a critic of "totalitarianism".
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Surely, no one on this list would deny the contrast between the country and the city as a major theme in American Studies, with Jefferson the defender of agrarianism and the yeoman myth.
One of his intellectual descendants was William E. Dodd (for a while, ambassador to Nazi Germany). Dodd was a promoter of the German Karl Lamprecht, whose influence on American psychology should be better known. I quoted Dodd, Lamprecht, Carl Becker, and Robert S. Lynd here:
I am looking for a good and clear source comparing American and Canadian Native policies in the first half of the nineteenth century. Or, if no such comparison exists, at least a book/article dealing with Native policies in Canada (technically British North America) in the first half of the 19th century, after the end of the 1812 war - I am interested in land policies and treaties between the Native nations and the colonial government (in Canada) and the federal or state governemnts in the US.
Thank you in advance,
I am a diplomatic historian doing research on two businessmen, one British and the other American, who were employed by a subsidiary of ITT in Hungary during the early years of the Cold War. They were both arrested, tortured, tried, and imprisoned for espionage and economic sabotage, charged specifically with trying to undermine the first Five Year Plan in Hungary. It was a Soviet-style show trial during the era of Stalin. Their names were Robert Vogeler and Edgar Saunders. There were also five Hungarian nationals who were arrested and tried with them.
Apologies for the self-promotion, but my recently published book The Brooklyn Thrill-Kill Gang and the Great Comic Book Scare of the 1950s (Praeger, 2014) centers on a mentally-ill teenager's search for self in the mid-twentieth-century. Although Jewish, the gang's leader was a self-proclaimed Nazi and Hitler admirer, who further identified with comic-book vampires - often donning a vampire "costume" when attacking homeless men.
I would appreciate suggestions of student readings for an interdisciplinary 400-level history course, "Unraveling Selfhood: Personal Identity, the Body, and Sexuality in American History." (The course attracts history and non-history majors.) Students will examine the distinctiveness and interplay among these dimensions of the personal.
I have taught the course previously and am revising the curriculum.
Given that personhood and selfhood are slippery terms, I welcome suggestions of readings that can help me frame the course scope and content.