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You must obtain permission directly from the owner of the image. Bourne was greatly influenced by Horace Kallen 's essay "Democracy Versus the Melting-Pot" and argued, like Kallen, that Americanism ought not to be associated with Anglo-Saxonism.

In his article "Trans-National America," Bourne argued that the US should accommodate immigrant cultures into a "cosmopolitan America," transnational america of forcing immigrants to assimilate to Anglophilic culture.

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It was a sort of moral bath; it cleared up for me a whole new democratic morality, and put the transnational america touch upon the old English way of looking at the world in which I was brought up and which I had such a struggle to get rid of. His ideas have been influential in the shaping of postmodern ideas of cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism, and recent intellectuals such as David Hollinger have transnational america extensively on Bourne's ideology.

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John Dos Passosan influential American modernist writer, eulogized Bourne in the transnational america "Randolph Bourne" of his novel and drew heavily on the ideas transnational america in War Transnational america The Health of the State in the novel. He argued that people would most often hold tightly to the literature and culture of their native country even if they lived in another.

He also believed this was true for the many immigrants to the United States. Therefore, Bourne could not see immigrants from all different parts of the world assimilating to the Anglo-Saxon traditions, which were viewed as American traditions.

Transnational America: Cultural Pluralist Thought in the Twentieth Century -

Time and again, America has sought to transnational america the world in its own image, in line with its own interests, by dint of military force, interventions, international organizations, globe-spanning corporations, development aid, torture and boycotts.

Politics, Culture and Society takes this paradox as its central dilemma. A Native View of Religion, and many others Confounding the standard academic division of transnational america, Akam blends the intellectual histories of pragmatism, ethnicity and race into a highly original synthesis organized around the concept of cultural pluralism.

Rejecting both tribalism and universalism, he calls for an ideal of diversity in unity that respects the irreducible particularity of distinct cultures while still maintaining a common national culture capable of uniting people across their local cultural communities.

Akam's powerful, concluding tribute to the Civil Rights Movement as the most significant, if short-lived, historical embodiment of this pluralist ideal transnational america serve as the starting point for all future discussions of multiculturalism in America.