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Canal construction is intertwined with America’s rise on the world stage and with Americans’ sense of themselves. There is a powerful narrative which connects canals, as feats of engineering and of subduing nature, with an essence of virile Americanism. In this paper I examine one failed canal as a proxy for many failed efforts and use it both in assessing the dominant narrative and evaluating other, more modern economic development efforts.
The Cold War, Americanism, and The Media
I examined the influence of the media on the Americanist sentiment in the 1950s, using Life Magazine as a proxy for the media interests. Some interesting results come from inspecting every page of every issue for a decade of America's leading popular news source. The report was written for an academic audience. You can download a summary here. If you're interested in seeing the whole report, send an email.