Michaela Hoenicke Moore (University of Iowa)


The Varieties of American Patriotism: Domestic Conflict over U.S. Foreign Policy from Munich to Korea

July 11, 2017, 4-6 p.m.,  SB II 01-531

According to conventional understanding World War Two brought about an internationalist consensus at home yielding widespread domestic support for the country’s subsequent global, military role. A closer examination of how Americans responded to the dramatic events at mid-century, however, reveals a more complex picture. Ordinary citizens vigorously participated not only in the great debate preceding Pearl Harbor but also weighed in on public controversies of the early Cold War. These views at the grassroots level reveal a continuous practice of patriotic dissent and a deep reservoir of alternative visions for America’s role in the world.

Michaela Hoenicke Moore is Associate Professor of History at the University of Iowa. She has published three books, including a study on how Americans understood the Third Reich, entitled Know Your Enemy: The American Debate on Nazism, 1933-45 (Cambridge University Press, 2010) which won a national award for the best book in diplomatic history written by a woman. She is currently working on a project exploring “The Varieties of American Patriotism” and US foreign policy debates since the 1930s.

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