Manifest Destiny’s Child: Mary Hazelton Blanchard Wade and the Literature of American Empire

Manifest Destiny’s Child: Mary Hazelton Blanchard Wade and the Literature of American Empire This article discusses how, following in the footsteps of United States imperial children’s writers Jacob Abbott and Edward Stratemeyer, Mary Hazelton Blanchard Wade (1860–1936), the original author of the Our Little Cousins series (1901–1905), contributed to the American culture of empire. Wade was one of the most prolific and popular imperialistic turn-of-the-twentieth-century American children’s authors. Yet, she remains understudied and virtually unknown, except among a few scholars who have examined, briefly, a few of her most prominent texts. Given Wade’s current popularity within certain Christian Evangelical homeschooling circles, and the resurgence of imperialist and othering discourses as part of the War on Terror, revealing her project and understanding its messages and relevance for the twenty-first century, is today all the more urgent. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Children's Literature in Education Springer Journals

Manifest Destiny’s Child: Mary Hazelton Blanchard Wade and the Literature of American Empire

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
Subject
Linguistics; Language and Literature; Language Education; Education, general; Sociology, general
ISSN
0045-6713
eISSN
1573-1693
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10583-016-9280-8
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Abstract

This article discusses how, following in the footsteps of United States imperial children’s writers Jacob Abbott and Edward Stratemeyer, Mary Hazelton Blanchard Wade (1860–1936), the original author of the Our Little Cousins series (1901–1905), contributed to the American culture of empire. Wade was one of the most prolific and popular imperialistic turn-of-the-twentieth-century American children’s authors. Yet, she remains understudied and virtually unknown, except among a few scholars who have examined, briefly, a few of her most prominent texts. Given Wade’s current popularity within certain Christian Evangelical homeschooling circles, and the resurgence of imperialist and othering discourses as part of the War on Terror, revealing her project and understanding its messages and relevance for the twenty-first century, is today all the more urgent.

Journal

Children's Literature in EducationSpringer Journals

Published: Apr 1, 2016

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