America was founded by multiple states, from different regions and subsequently different styles of life, which made the possibility of their union unstable and uncertain. But, because they were united by a common goal- to break free of Britain’s despotic sovereignty- the American colonies were able to win their independence from Britain and become the United States of America. This dichotomy between the states’ different styles of life and their shared goal laid the foundation for the forces of nationalism and sectionalism in the US. The two opposing forces worked hand-in-hand to manipulate Americans’ views of one another and the American political and economic systems, though the force of sectionalism outweighed the force of nationalism
Nationalism, a political or social philosophy in which the prosperity of a nation-state as an existence is considered supreme or more important than anything else. The primary duty and loyalty should be toward the nation-state. The love for one's country often reflected dominance and power as people were able to unite toward common good. Furthermore, republic governments were reestablished a result of Nationalism.
Benjamin Franklin once said “In short, unless the stream of their importation could be turned...they will soon so outnumber us, that all the advantages we have, will, in my opinion, be not able to preserve our language, and even our government will become more precarious.” Written in a letter in 1750 by our very own Founding Father Benjamin Franklin in regards to the high volume of migrating Germans into the colony of Pennsylvania. To many readers they could easily expect these words from nativist, but hearing it from one of the most influential people in history it conveys a lot about the shaping of the United States and where its roots of nativism started. Nativism is defined as 'a policy favoring native inhabitants as opposed to immigrants'.
During the Age of Jackson, America was still trying to find it’s definite identity. America was making progress, but they were not where they wanted to be yet. The sense of optimism and ongoing expansion during the early 19th century that helped to bring America together for a period both contributed to a time of happiness and breakthroughs in which America is trying to be defined as a happy and thriving nation. The rise of democracy coupled with the the gradual political process, both magnify the degree to which America was still trying to find themselves politically. The rise of sectionalism and decline of nationalism point to the once wavering aura of togetherness and separateness and now complete dominance of sectionalism. These
In the early 1800s, the North began to industrialize and the South relied more heavily on growing cotton. At the same time, a rising sense of nationalism pulled people from different regions together. Nationalism is a feeling of pride, loyalty, and protectiveness toward your country. Sectionalism was when people had a feeling of pride in a small region or part of a nation. The War of 1812 sent a wave of nationalist feeling through the United States. Representative Henry Clay, from Kentucky, was a strong nationalist. After the war, President James Madison supported Clay’s plan to strengthen the country and unify its different regions. Nationalism and Sectionalism were present during the early 1800s. The people who carried out Nationalism had pride in their whole nation and the people who carried out Sectionalism had pride in part of a nation but, not the nation as a whole. Nationalists based their actions off trying to benefit the whole nation, the idea of nationalism was created to increase revenue in America. Sectionalism became a problem because Americans either saw themselves as southerners or northerners and the country became very divided. Sectionalism was one of the major reasons that the civil war began because of the divide between the south and the north. Sectional sentiments challenged nationalism, but the latter remained strong among the American people. Nationalism also prevailed due to the ideologies and actions of the country's leaders in the executive and
What events or trends contributed to the relationship between the forces of Nationalism and Sectionalism?
Nationalism is way of thinking both political and socially to create a community united by: history, ethnicity, religions, common culture, and language. Numerous effects occurred while establishing a Nationalist community, some effects were a long term impact on Nationalism, and other was short term impacts on Nationalism.
Nationalism is how one feels toward their nation. Therefore nationalism determines how strong a nation is, by the unity of the people. America was very young as a nation in the early to mid 1800s and was not meeting the standards of the people. Changes needed to be made. Nationalism was changed in America with many great reform movements taking place which warped America to what it is today. Education reform, Industrial revolution, and transportation alongside technological advancements played a large roll in nationalism.
Nationalism has played a crucial role in world history over the past centuries. It continues to do so today. For many, nationalism is indelibly associated with some of the worst aspects of modern history, such as the destructive confidence of the Napoleon’s army and the murderous pride of Nazi Germany. Large numbers of people, descent in their hearts, have carried out unbelievable atrocities for no better reason than their nation required them to. Authoritarian and totalitarian regime have crushed dissent, eliminated opposition, and trampled on civil liberties in the name of the nation.
The United States wasn’t jumping to get involved it WWI. They wanted to remain neutral for the duration of the war. However those plans did not last because we entered the war in 1917. There were many reasons the war started in general and that U.S. entered the war. There were many things that resulted from the war.
During the first half of the 19th century, opera was in it’s golden age. Composers sought to capture drama, emotion, and personalities, creating a closer connection with their audience. With this, they also began to reflect on the concerns of a broad audience; love and loyalty to family and/or nation, women’s desire for independence, struggle for freedom, fear of evil. This want to appeal to the population sparked the theme of national identity, which came to be known as Nationalism. The French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars helped spread the concept of a nation as a group of citizens with a common heritage, rather than as subjects of a ruler. Influence of this idea grew throughout the 19th century. Nationalism unified the people through
Nationalism has become one of the most powerful uniting-and occasionally separating-powers of the modern age. Throughout history, there were numerous countries that exemplified both sides of this classic European belief. However, as time has passed, this pride and promotion of one’s country has developed far beyond the scope of Europe. Nationalist feelings fester in all parts of the globe now, and with that comes more complicated expressions of the sentiment, as well as carefully crafted governments that exist for the sole support of nationalist fervor.
After a series of wars spread throughout Europe in the early 19th century, many countries found themselves developing a national identity through their music. This move toward what became known as Nationalism opened new doors for composers, but it also created tension among those who had different ideas about creating that national sound. In Russia, a group of five composers, later known as The Mighty Handful, gathered together to firmly establish music that would instantly be recognized as Russian. One composer, Modest Mussorgsky, though largely self-taught, composed pieces with a distinct sound. Unfortunately, he battled with alcoholism. This battle led to Mussorgsky leaving works unfinished, or leaning on the reliance of another member of
Nationalism in music refers to a musical movement originating in the 19th century. It served as a reaction to German music which dominated the musical scene at the time. It focused particularly on folk traditions of the composer’s national heritage, as well as subjects of national life and history. It also allowed composers such as Stravinsky to form a greater presence in the musical scene. (Curran 2016 “Nationalism in Music”) The early music of Igor Stravinsky often shows nationalistic traits that reflect his Russian upbringing and influences. In his later compositions he moves beyond this, keeping continuity through a smooth transition in style from a Russian style of writing to a neoclassical style. (Szabo 2011, p. 2). This can be seen by