Imagined Empires: Incas, Aztecs, and the New World of American Literature, 1771-1876 (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture)

Imagined Empires demonstrates that early American culture took great interest in South American civilizations, especially the Incas and Aztecs, and in so doing made a statement about the role of the United States as an empire in t…

Imagined Empires demonstrates that early American culture took great interest in South American civilizations, especially the Incas and Aztecs, and in so doing made a statement about the role of the United States as an empire in the emerging political order of New World colonies and states. By examining the work of Philip Freneau, Joel Barlow, William Prescott, Herman Melville, and Walt Whitman, the long-contested concept of “indigenous origins” is given expanded meaning beyond traditional critiques of American culture.

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