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Shadowing the White Man's BurdenU.S. Imperialism and the Problem of the Color Line$
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Gretchen Murphy

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814795989

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814795989.001.0001

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(p.223) Conclusion
Shadowing the White Man's Burden

Gretchen Murphy

NYU Press

This concluding chapter suggests that the value of studying these century-old stories of shadowing the white man's burden, as explored throughout the text, is both to appreciate their role in bringing about in this current era of multicultural nationalism, with all its limitations, and to identify their unfinished business. What remains new in these stories of national inclusion are their surprisingly destabilizing narrative effects. Some critics currently seek to uncover a cultural history of transnational identities and coalitions as models of resistance, reasoning that transnational forms of domination call for transnational resistance movements and that global histories of slave rebellion, labor radicalism, feminism, and anti-imperialism can provide valuable models for such movements. But of course the scale of international relations and the frame of national belonging have been and remain important grounds for imagining domination and resistance, and for this reason alone, narratives that adopt this scale should still command part of our attention.

Keywords:   white man's burden, multicultural nationalism, national inclusion, narrative effects, transnational resistance movements

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