Creating an American Identity


Creating an American Identity examines the relationship between regionalism and nationalism in New England between 1789 and 1825. During that period New Englanders and their neighbors in New York and Pennsylvania used trans-Atlantic symbols at the same time as a model and an antithesis in the creation of their own national identity. In inventing their collective identity, Northerners not only excluded Europeans, but also Southerners from their vision of America. Widely used visual representations of New England landscapes, virtues, and people created a strong loyalty to the region. Surprisingly, New Englanders utilized their regionalism to forge an American nationalism.

  • Palgrave Macmillan; June 2008
  • ISBN 9780230612914
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  • Title: Creating an American Identity
  • Author: Stephanie Kermes
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan

In The Press

"In this excellent book, Stephanie Kermes makes a signal contribution to cultural history and regional history. She draws on a transatlantic research base, and she offers a host of original insights on the creation of identity in the early national era. All scholars of New England and the early Republic should read this book." - Joan E. Cashin, editor of Our Common Affairs: Texts from Women in the Old South

About The Author

Stephanie Kermes is an Assistant Professor of Social Science at Boston University.