The Fictional Republic: Horatio Alger and American Political Discourse by Carol Nackenoff

The Fictional Republic: Horatio Alger and American Political Discourse

byCarol Nackenoff

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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Investigating the persistence and place of the formulas of Horatio Alger in American politics, The Fictional Republic reassesses the Alger story in its Gilded Age context. Carol Nackenoff argues that Alger was a keen observer of the dislocations and economic pitfalls of the rapidlyindustrializing nation, and devised a set of symbols that addressed anxieties about power and identity. As classes were increasingly divided by wealth, life chances, residence space, and culture, Alger maintained that Americans could still belong to one estate. The story of the youth who facesthreats to his virtue, power, independence, and identity stands as an allegory of the American Republic. Nackenoff examines how the Alger formula continued to shape political discourse in Reagan's America and beyond.

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Carol Nackenoff is at Swarthmore College.
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Title:The Fictional Republic: Horatio Alger and American Political DiscourseFormat:HardcoverDimensions:13 pages, 9.57 × 6.38 × 1.26 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780195079234

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"Nackenoff's The Fictional Republic is another step toward recovering who Alger was and what we as Americans have meant in evoking his name."--American Literature