Cultus Americanus: Varieties of the Liberal Tradition in American Political Culture, 1600-1865

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Cultus Americanus applies a philosophical model of political culture as ideology, religion, and myth to a re-consideration of America's liberal consensus to explain cultural diversity in America. Applying this model to the formative years of American political culture from 1600-1865 demonstrates that American diversity exists within a single, coherent cultural universe, dominated by a liberal ideology that is informed and supported by both a unique American religiosity and a vibrant American mythology. Author Brent Gilchrist engagingly depicts a political culture that is more complex and more cohesive than has been previously maintained that will be of great interest to scholars and students of American politics and history.

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Editorial Reviews

James A. Morone
Is there an American political culture? Brent Gilchrist finds an answer —yes!— in the confluence of ideology, religion and myth. Cultus Americanus is a bold, wise, ambitious, elegant reinterpretation of America itself.
Klaus Hansen
A deft marriage of history and political science, Cultus Americanus is arguably one of the most important post-Hartzian explorations of the American liberal tradition since the late J. David Greenstone's The Lincoln Persuasion (1993).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739121801
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 3/5/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Brent Gilchrist is assistant professor at Brigham Young University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Articulating the Inarticulate Premise of Conformity Chapter 2 The Conceptual Matrix of Political Culture Chapter 3 Ideology in America Chapter 4 American Gospel Chapter 5 America's Mythic Undercurrents Chapter 6 A Complex Consensus

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