American Incarnation

American Incarnation

by Myra Jehlen, M. Jehlen
     
 

In exploring the origins and character of the American liberal tradition, Jehlen begins with the proposition that the decisive factor that shaped the European settlers' idea of "America" or the "American" was material rather than conceptual--it was the physical fact of the land. European settlers came to a continent on which they had no history, bringing the ideology… See more details below

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In exploring the origins and character of the American liberal tradition, Jehlen begins with the proposition that the decisive factor that shaped the European settlers' idea of "America" or the "American" was material rather than conceptual--it was the physical fact of the land. European settlers came to a continent on which they had no history, bringing the ideology of liberal individualism, which they projected onto the land itself. They believed the continent proclaimed that individuals were born in nature and freely made their own society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674024274
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
12/12/1989
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
0.56(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: One Man, One World

1. Starting with Columbus

2. The Mammoth Land

3. Necessary and Sufficient Acts

4. Plain and Fancy Fictions

5. Transgression and Transformation

6. The Rebirth of Tragedy

Epilogue: After the Culmination

Notes

Works Cited

Index

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