Capture the Flag: The Stars and Stripes in American History

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NYU Press, 2010 - History - 165 pages

You see it everywhere: on bumper stickers, tee shirts, lapel pins, in shop windows, and in front of nearly every school or government building. Yet while the American flag is ubiquitous, as a symbol it is both heavily freighted and misunderstood.
Now an acclaimed European professor of American history brings a fresh perspective to the American flag, exploring its political, social, and cultural significance across the broad swath of its history. Mining a rich vein of materials from history, literature, music, and popular culture, Arnaldo Testi analyzes the symbolic importance of the flag to the national consciousness of this “nation of immigrants” and sees in it the very contradictions that make up our history: secularism and sacredness, freedom and empire, inclusiveness and aggressive self-confidence.
Using sources as diverse as Walt Whitman and Jimi Hendrix, and events as divergent as the American Revolution, the moon landing, and the terrorist attacks of September 11th, Testi reveals the central importance of the flag to the creation of our nation, the evolution of our national character, and the spread of American culture and power across the globe, while illustrating the varied and often conflicting meanings different Americans ascribe to it.
Whether you worship the flag or revile it, respect it or ignore it, Capture the Flag offers the reader a colorful and compelling exploration of the sway it holds on the American imagination.

 

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Contents

Worship The Invention of a Tradition
13
New Cults for Old Glory
26
Freedom Whose Freedom?
45
Multiple Traditions
60
Empire Frontiers Old and
77
Patriots and Dissenters Who Owns the Flag?
111
Capture the Flag
129
Index
159
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Kenta Mizuse, Ph.D.Date of Birth: February 16, 1984Place of Birth: Niigata, JapanNationality: Japan Since April 2011Department of Photo-Molecular Science (Prof. Yasuhiro Ohshima’s Lab.), Institute for Molecular Science, JapanAssistant professor April 2008-March 2011The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research fellow April 2006-March 2011Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University, JapanPh.D. studentSupervisor: Professor Asuka FujiiDegree obtained: Ph.D. in Science April 2002-March 2006Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Tohoku University, JapanUndergraduate student Supervisor: Professor Naohiko Mikami Publications1 Mizuse, K. & Fujii, A. Infrared Spectroscopy of Large Protonated Water Clusters H+(H2O)20-50 Cooled by Inert Gas Attachment. Chem. Phys. in press, doi:10.1016/j.chemphys.2012.07.012 (2013).2 Mizuse, K. & Fujii, A. Tuning of the Internal Energy and Isomer Distribution in Small Protonated Water Clusters H+(H2O)4–8: An Application of the Inert Gas Messenger Technique. J. Phys. Chem. A 116, 4868-4877 (2012).3 Mizuse, K., Suzuki, Y., Mikami, N. & Fujii, A. Solvation-Induced -Complex Structure Formation in the Gas Phase: A Revisit to the Infrared Spectroscopy of [C6H6–(CH3OH)2]+. J. Phys. Chem. A 115, 11156-11161 (2011).4 Mizuse, K., Kuo, J.-L. & Fujii, A. Structural trends of ionized water networks: Infrared spectroscopy of water cluster radical cations (H2O)n+ (n = 3-11). Chem. Sci. 2, 868-876 (2011).5 Mizuse, K. & Fujii, A. Structural Origin of the Antimagic Number in Protonated Water Clusters H+(H2O)n: Spectroscopic Observation of the Missing Water Molecule in the Outermost Hydration Shell. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2, 2130-2134 (2011).6 Mizuse, K. & Fujii, A. Infrared photodissociation spectroscopy of H+(H2O)6·Mm (M = Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe, H2, N2, and CH4): messenger-dependent balance between H3O+ and H5O2+ core isomers. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13, 7129-7135 (2011).7 Hamashima, T., Mizuse, K. & Fujii, A. Spectral Signatures of Four-Coordinated Sites in Water Clusters: Infrared Spectroscopy of Phenol−(H2O)n (~20 ≤ n ≤ ~50). J. Phys. Chem. A 115, 620-625 (2011).8 Mizuse, K., Mikami, N. & Fujii, A. Infrared Spectra and Hydrogen-Bonded Network Structures of Large Protonated Water Clusters H+(H2O)n (n=20-200). Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 49, 10119-10122 (2010).9 Mizuse, K., Hasegawa, H., Mikami, N. & Fujii, A. Infrared and Electronic Spectroscopy of Benzene−Ammonia Cluster Radical Cations [C6H6(NH3)1,2]+: Observation of Isolated and Microsolvated -Complexes†. J. Phys. Chem. A 114, 11060-11069 (2010).10 Mizuse, K., Hamashima, T. & Fujii, A. Infrared Spectroscopy of Phenol−(H2O)n>10: Structural Strains in Hydrogen Bond Networks of Neutral Water Clusters. J. Phys. Chem. A 113, 12134-12141 (2009).11 Hasegawa, H. et al. Observation of an isolated intermediate of the nucleophilic aromatic substition reaction by infrared spectroscopy. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 47, 6008-6010 (2008).12 Suhara, K., Fujii, A., Mizuse, K., Mikami, N. & Kuo, J. L. Compatibility between methanol and water in the three-dimensional cage formation of large-sized protonated methanol-water mixed clusters. J. Chem. Phys. 126, 194306 (2007).13 Mizuse, K., Fujii, A. & Mikami, N. Long range influence of an excess proton on the architecture of the hydrogen bond network in large-sized water clusters. J. Chem. Phys. 126, 231101 (2007).14 Mizuse, K., Fujii, A. & Mikami, N. Infrared and electronic spectroscopy of a model system for the nucleophilic substitution intermediate in the gas phase: The C-N valence bond formation in the benzene-ammonia cluster cation. J. Phys. Chem. A 110, 6387-6390 (2006).

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