Celebrating Empire

in Visualizing American Empire

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780226075334
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226075303 | DOI:
Celebrating Empire

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This chapter assesses New York's 1899 welcome-home party for the victorious Admiral Dewey, arguing that the visual spectacle of a military homecoming enhanced the American desire to colonize the Orient. Millions of New Yorkers attended this two-day event, which included firework displays, naval and land parades, the construction of a triumphal arch, and other cultural hyperbole, such as the publication of several hagiographies on Dewey.

Keywords: military homecoming; colonialism; Orient

Chapter.  8604 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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