Barbarian Virtues

A review of Matthew Frye Jacobson’s book, Barbarian Virtues.

This paper examines how Matthew Frye Jacobson?s book, Barbarian Virtues, considers imperialism or colonialism as a part of the United States?s history that is often forgotten. It looks at the trends of immigration and internationalism from 1876 to 1917 and how Jacobson writes that modern American nationalism grew out of the unusual and complex make-up of industrial imperialism. It also examines how Jacobson especially highlights the involvement of the United States in the Philippines to illustrate America?s imperialistic policies.
The position of biology and race became part of the thinking of who would be best to come to the U.S. The science of eugenics followed by many in the U.S. explains it all: The word eugenics (from the Greek eugenes or wellborn) was coined in 1883 by Francis Galton, an Englishman and cousin of Charles Darwin, who applied Darwinian science to develop theories about heredity and good or noble birth. Phrases such as survival of the fittest and struggle for existence came into use at the end of the 19th century when eugenics societies
were created throughout the world. Negative eugenics relied on marriage restriction, sterilization, or custodial commitment of those thought to have undesired characteristics.