"Fighting for American Manhood" by Kristin L.              Hoganson

Fighting for American Manhood How Gender Politics Provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars Kristin L. Hoganson

Yale Historical Publications Series
Publication date:
11 Aug 2000
Yale University Press
320 pages: 235 x 156mm

This groundbreaking book blends international relations and gender history to provide a new understanding of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars. Kristin L. Hoganson shows how gendered ideas about citizenship and political leadership influenced jingoist political leaders` desire to wage these conflicts, and she traces how they manipulated ideas about gender to embroil the nation in war.

She argues that racial beliefs were only part of the cultural framework that undergirded U.S. martial policies at the turn of the century. Gender beliefs, also affected the rise and fall of the nation`s imperialist impulse.
Drawing on an extensive range of sources, including congressional debates, campaign speeches, political tracts, newspapers, magazines, political cartoons, and the papers of politicians, soldiers, suffragists, and other political activists, Hoganson discusses how concerns about manhood affected debates over war and empire. She demonstrates that jingoist political leaders, distressed by the passing of the Civil War generation and by women`s incursions into electoral politics, embraced war as an opportunity to promote a political vision in which soldiers were venerated as model citizens and women remained on the fringes of political life. These gender concerns not only played an important role in the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars, they have echoes in later time periods, says the author, and recognizing their significance has powerful ramifications for the way we view international relations.
Yale Historical Publications

Kristin L. Hoganson is assistant professor of history and of history and literature at Harvard University.

"Hoganson adds a new dimension to the historiography of the wars by examining of the wars by examining how gender beliefs may have been motivational factors for leaders in both struggles."—Library Journal

"A useful addition to any academic or larger public library."—Library Journal

"I've read this book with great interest and, in fact, kept stopping to make notes, provoked into new thinking by Kristin Hoganson`s juicy research and insightful analysis."—Cynthia Enloe, author of The Morning After: Sexual Politics at the End of the Cold War

"Kristin Hoganson’s important book is a pioneering, imaginative, and provocative analysis of a pivotal era in American history. In the widening discussion over the roots of modern U.S. foreign policy, it will be a work that cannot be ignored— in part because of a spirited debate over its innovative approach."—Walter LaFeber, Cornell University