Myths America Lives By / Edition 1

Myths America Lives By / Edition 1

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by Richard T. T. Hughes, Richard T. Hughes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252072200

ISBN-13: 9780252072208

Pub. Date: 06/28/2004

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Richard T. Hughes argues that the Innocent Nation myth prevented many Americans from understanding, or even discussing, the complex motivations of the 9/11 terrorists. Myths America Lives By identifies five key myths that lie at the heart of the American experience -- the myths of the Chosen Nation, of Nature's Nation, of the Christian Nation, of the Millennial Nation…  See more details below

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Richard T. Hughes argues that the Innocent Nation myth prevented many Americans from understanding, or even discussing, the complex motivations of the 9/11 terrorists. Myths America Lives By identifies five key myths that lie at the heart of the American experience -- the myths of the Chosen Nation, of Nature's Nation, of the Christian Nation, of the Millennial Nation, and of the Innocent Nation. Drawing on a range of dissenting voices, Hughes shows that by canonizing these seemingly harmless myths of national identity as absolute truths, America risks undermining the sweepingly egalitarian promise of the Declaration of Independence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252072208
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
392,963
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1The myth of the chosen nation : the colonial period19
2The myth of nature's nation : the revolutionary period45
3The myth of the Christian nation : the early national period66
4The myth of the millennial nation : the early national period91
5The mythic dimensions of American capitalism : the gilded age126
6The myth of the innocent nation : the twentieth century153

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RMarchesani More than 1 year ago
Richard Hughes work is a quick read but daunting due to its repetitious style and its logical format. Mr. Hughes tries desperately to place the American culture into his framework of myths. He claims that there are five myths that form the foundations of our culture which are: the Chosen People, the Nature's Nation, the Christian Nation, the Millennial Nation, and the Innocent Nation. Throughout the book he seems to be struggling to fit our nation's history into those five frames. He is successful to the extent of aligning the motives of the U.S. government and people throughout our various struggles, but the reader might find him/herself asking the question - 'what's the point?' It appears that Mr. Hughes is trying to fit the country's historical record into five categories for no other apparent reason than to fit the historical record into five categories. At best the entire book is a tautology - one that constantly repeats the purpose of its theme without actually giving us anything new. We all know about the influence of the Protestant Ethic, the immorality of erasing American Indian nations, the constitutional contradictions relating to minorities, the imperialistic aims of past presidential and congressional administrations, and the largely unpublished atrocities committed by many groups in our society against other groups. And yet he concludes that we must continue believing in these myths, but that we should do so with knowledge of their shortcomings and in a more humane manner. So I ask again - what's the point? For readers interested in this topic, I suggest they go straight to the source - Howard Zinn who does a much better job of it.