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Arguing Americanism : Franco lobbyists, Roosevelt's foreign policy, and the Spanish Civil War /
Michael E. Chapman.
imprint
Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, c2011.
description
xxii, 315 p. : map ; 25 cm.
ISBN
1606350781 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781606350782 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, c2011.
isbn
1606350781 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781606350782 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
Pro-Franco anticommunism -- Defending Americanism -- Roosevelt's mental map -- Keeping the embargo -- The American Union for Nationalist Spain -- Spain in arms -- Franco lobbyists and the Christian Front -- Un-American Americanism.
catalogue key
7676654
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 282-300) and index.
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In 1938 the United States was embroiled in a vicious debate between supporters of the two sides of the Spanish Civil War, who sought either to lift or to retain the U.S. arms embargo on Spain. The embargo, which favored Gen. Francisco Franco's Nationalist regime over the ousted Republican government of the Loyalists, received heavy criticism for enabling a supposedly fascist-backed takeover during a time when the Nazi party in Germany was threatening the annexation of countries across Europe. Supporters of General Franco, however, saw the resistance of the Loyalists as being spurred on by the Soviet Union, which sought to establish a communist government abroad. Since World War II, American historians have traditionally sided with the Loyalist supporters, validating their arguments that the pro-Nationalists were un-American for backing an unpalatable dictator. In Arguing Americanism, author Michael E. Chapman examines the long-overlooked pro-Nationalist argument. Employing new archival sources, Chapman documents a small yet effective network of lobbyists-including engineer turned writer John Eoghan Kelly, publisher Ellery Sedgwick, homemaker Clare Dawes, muralist Hildreth Meiere, and philanthropist Anne Morgan-who fought to promote General Franco's Nationalist Spain and keep the embargo in place. Arguing Americanism also goes beyond the embargo debate to examine the underlying issues that gripped 1930s America. Chapman posits that the Spanish embargo argument was never really about Spain but rather about the soul of Americanism, the definition of democracy, and who should do the defining. Pro-Loyalists wanted the pure democracy of the ballot box; pro-Nationalists favored the checks and balances of indirect democracy. By pointing to what was happening in Spain, each side tried to defend its version of Americanism against the foreign forces that threatened it. For Franco supporters, it was the spread of international Marxism, toward which they felt Roosevelt and his New Deal were too sympathetic. The pro-Nationalists intensified an argument that became a precursor to a fundamental change in American national identity-a change that would usher in the Cold War era.
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The struggle to define U.S. national identity through a political struggle in Spain Book jacket.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This title goes beyond the embargo debate to examine the underlying issues that gripped 1930s America. Chapman posits that the Spanish embargo argument was never really about Spain but rather about the soul of Americanism, the definition of democracy, and who should do the defining.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Pro-Franco Anticommunismp. 1
Defending Americanismp. 35
Roosevelt's Mental Mapp. 61
Keeping the Embargop. 87
The American Union for Nationalist Spainp. 108
Spain in Armsp. 134
Franco Lobbyists and the Christian Frontp. 156
Un-American Americanismp. 184
Conclusionp. 217
Appendixp. 225
Notesp. 228
Bibliographyp. 282
Indexp. 301
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