The New American Exceptionalism

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Overview

The advent of the cold war after World war II and the global war on terror following the Soviet Union's collapse helped the United States form an organizing logic that led to an unwavering belief in the nation's exceptionalism in global affairs and world history. In The New American Exceptionalism, pioneering scholar Donald E. Pease traces the evolution of these state fantasies, uncovering the ideological and cultural work required to convince Americans to surrender their civil liberties in exchange for the illusion of security.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816627837
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2009
  • Series: Critical American Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,464,184
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald E. Pease is Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities at Dartmouth College and director of the Futures of American Studies Institute. He is the author of Visionary Compacts: American Renaissance Writings in Cultural Context and the editor of several volumes including, with Amy Kaplan, Cultures of United States Imperialism.

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Table of Contents

Introduction The United States of Fantasy 1

1 Staging the New World Order: Hiroshima, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Persian Gulf War 40

2 America of the Two Covenants: The Waco Siege and the Oklahoma City Bombing 68

3 A National Rite of Passage: The Return of Alexis de Tocqueville 98

4 Patriot Acts: The Southernification of America 129

5 From Virgin Land to Ground Zero: Mythological Foundations of the Homeland Security State 153

6 Antigone's Kin: From Abu Ghraib to Barack Obama 180

Index 241

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