Unbecoming British

November 22nd, 2011

While the American Revolution was primarily about political independence, there were a strain of individuals who wanted the United States to gain cultural and social differentiation from its former colonial masters. But it proved not so easy cutting loose from a nation that for two centuries, had set the standard of civilization, not only for the colonies, but for the world. In many respects these issues of trade, of inferiority, of race and of exceptionalism, are still issues we as a nation, are still dealing with today, three hundred plus year later.

Keriann Akemi Yokota takes us back to the roots in Unbecoming British: How Revolutionary America Became a Postcolonial Nation My conversation with Keriann Akemi Yokota: