Redefining American Identity: From Cabeza de Vaca to Barack Obama
, Mar 15, 2011
- 187 pages
In Redefining American Identity Ben Railton emphasizes, in contrast to both traditional and multicultural narratives, a third possibility for what has been at the core of the American experience since the first moments of contact: cross-cultural transformation, the process by which individuals and groups with relatively fixed cultural identities experience complex shifts across or toward new ones. Railton examines the personal narratives of six individuals who experienced such transformations, each taken from one century of post-contact America, from the explorer Cabeza de Vaca to the poet Gloria E. Anzaldúa to President Barack Obama.