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The truth of such claims was quickly dispelled and yet it survived as a structural myth in American culture. The very ‘Americanness’ of Fitzgerald’s novel has much to do with its internal conflicts and contradictions, as if within itself a whole drama of American uncertainty and division is played out. Rather like Marshall Berman’s definition of modernity, The Great Gatsby presents a world ‘that promises…and at the same time,…threatens to destroy everything we have, everything we know, everything we are’.

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What became clear by the 1980s, however, as preparations were made for the ‘Quincentenary Jubilee’, was that many Americans found it hard, if not impossible, to see the anniversary as a ‘jubilee’. There was nothing to celebrate in the legacy of Columbus. According to many of his critics, he had been the harbinger not of progress and civilisation, but genocide, slavery and the reckless exploitation of the environment. Leading the accusations were those minority groups who felt that the coming of the Spanish to America had brought an imperial project which had delivered not civilisation but catastrophe.

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