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By Ichiro Takayoshi

Ichiro Takayoshi's publication argues that international warfare II reworked American literary tradition. From the mid-1930s to the yank access into international conflict II in 1941, preeminent figures from Ernest Hemingway to Reinhold Neibuhr replied to the flip of the public's curiosity from the industrial melancholy at domestic to the risk of totalitarian platforms in another country by way of generating novels, brief tales, performs, poems, and cultural feedback within which they prophesied the arrival of a moment global struggle and explored how the USA may perhaps organize for it. the diversity of competing solutions provided a wealthy legacy of idioms, symbols, and conventional arguments that was once destined to license America's merchandising of its values and pursuits world wide for the remainder of the 20 th century. bold in scope and addressing an important diversity of writers, thinkers, and artists, this e-book is the 1st to set up the outlines of yankee tradition in this pivotal interval.

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He would rise to the rank of From Depression to War 23 lieutenant, twice cited for gallantry in action and awarded the Silver Star. A young idealistic Wilsonian, Howard had vast but vague hopes, like many of his cohort, for miracles that the war promised to work. And so the ensuing string of unpleasant surprises (the wartime suppression of domestic dissent, the Versailles treaty, and the return of the same old European realpolitik) proved all the more upsetting. During the 1920s, he refashioned himself as a radical journalist, a defender of minorities, socialists, and organized labor, and a supporter of the newly established American Civil Liberties Union, a by-product of the wartime suppression of civil liberties.

Right after the German destruction of Czechoslovakia, John Dewey said in a speech: [T]he very persons who a few years ago were sure that they would not allow themselves to favor our entering another great war, and that we had been deceived by propaganda in entering the last one, are now thinking and talking as if it were inevitable that we should again go in. This attitude is a precursor of an event that is in no way necessary. 16 Dewey, at the age of eighty, publicly conceded the victory he did not deserve to win two decades ago.

Where America erred was in handling the postwar settlement, that is, in withdrawing from the world stage in a bout of traditional unilateralism – a tremendous wastage of opportunities and an unforgivable abnegation of its global leadership. Most pro-war writers in the late 1930s accepted both of these rationalizations, or at least said so when explaining their change of heart to the public. By contrast, antiwar writers disbelieved, to the final months of the prewar period, that the next war would differ from the last war in any meaningful ways.

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