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Pursuing Respect in the Cannibal Isles – Americans in Nineteenth-Century Fiji - Cornell Scholarship Online
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Pursuing Respect in the Cannibal Isles: Americans in Nineteenth-Century Fiji

Nancy Shoemaker


This book shows that the aspirations of individual Americans to be recognized as people worthy of others' respect was a driving force in the global extension of U.S. influence shortly after the nation's founding. The book contends that extraterritorial Americans constituted the vanguard of a vast, early U.S. global expansion. Using nineteenth-century Fiji, the “cannibal isles” of American popular culture, as a site of historical investigation, the book uncovers stories of Americans looking for opportunities to rise in social status and enhance their sense of self. Prior to British colonization ... More

Keywords: Americans, aspirations, global extension, global expansion, U.S. popular culture, Fiji

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501740343
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501740343.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy Shoemaker, author
University of Connecticut

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