Greg Grandin: The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall In the Mind of America
KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents
The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall In the Mind of America
Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 PM
First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA
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A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award & National Book Critics
Circle Award now offers an eye-opening new interpretation of our history.
To live past the end of your myth is a perilous thing. Anne Carson
From the very beginning of this nation, the idea of an open frontier has been at the core
of our American identity, symbolizing a future full of promise. Today, however, the USA
has an entirely new symbol: the border wall. In The End of the Myth, acclaimed historian
Greg Grandin explores the meaning of the frontier across the full sweep of US history,
from the American Revolution all the way to the Trump presidency. Throughout the centuries,
Grandin shows, Americas constant expansion served as a gate of escape, helping to deflect
domestic conflicts outward. But this deflection meant that they countrys problems, from
racism to inequality, were never confronted directly. Now the 2008 financial meltdown and
our unwinnable wars in the Middle East have slammed this gate shut, bringing political
passions and ugly racist nationalism back home with a vengeance.
We now have a president who has obsessively updated the frontier not to affirm brotherhood and internationalism, but resentment-stoked domination. We have been taken advantage of by the world, he insisted. That is not going to be happening anymore.
Greg Grandin is the author of The Empire of Necessity, which won the Bancroft Prize; Fordlandia, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, plus a number of other widely acclaimed books, including Kissingers Shadow, Empires Workshop, The Last Colonial Massacre, and The Blood of Guatemala . A professor of history at New York University and a recipient of fellowships from
the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Public Library, Grandin has served on the
United Nations Truth Commission investigating the Guatemalan civil war and has written for
The Nation, the London Review of Books, and the New York Times.
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