Mission And Menace / Edition 1

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Observing that Abraham Lincoln once described the United States as an "almost chosen nation," Robert Jewett offers a critical survey of the history of America's self-understanding as a nation enjoying both divine blessing and a God-given vocation as a "city on a hill."

From beginnings at Jamestown, Jewett shows, the American mythology of divine mission has decisively shaped both domestic and foreign policies of the developing nation, and it remains one of the most important forces affecting the United States' role in the world today. Chapters include:

  • Colonial Beginnings: The City Set Upon a Hill
  • The Second Great Awakening, Manifest Destiny, Reform and Reaction
  • From the Civil Rights Movement to the Vietnam War
  • The Political Distortion of Religion: Triumphant Fundamentalism, Impeachment, and the War against Terrorism and more.

Written in the tradition of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, the volume includes black and white illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800662844
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 0.80 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Chronology, 1607-2007     ix
Illustrations     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction     1
Shaping Zealous Trajectories
Colonial Beginnings: The Millennial City Set upon a Hill     11
God's New Israel: The Theocratic Experiment and Its Deflation     28
The Great Awakening: Prelude to the American Revolution     44
The Post-Millennial Republic: The "New Order of the Ages"     67
The Second Great Awakening: New Denominations, Reforms, and the Pre-Millennial Reaction     87
Millennial Crises and the Rise of Fundamentalism
The Civil War: A Conflict over the Bible and Millennial Mission     115
Reconstruction and Racial Violence: Religion in Cultural Captivity     132
The Gilded Age and Millennial Destiny: War, Colonialism, and the Social Gospel     144
New Diversity: Emerging Fundamentalism and the World's Parliament of Religion     161
Three Millennial Crusades: Disappointment, the Red Scare, and the Crisis of Fundamentalism     182
Culture over Christ: Acculturation and the Decline of Mainline Churches     203
The Menace of Triumphant Civil Religion
Depression and World War: The Rise of Religious Replacement and Escapism     225
Cold War Religion: The Celebration of One Nation under God     245
Zealous NationalismOverwhelms Prophetic Realism: Civil Rights, Vietnam, and the Conservative Backlash     267
The Political Distortion of Religion: Impeachment and the War against Terrorism     279
Conclusion     293
Notes     305
Works Cited     335
Index of Names and Events     359
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