Ernest Tuveson here shows that the idea of the redemptive mission which has motivated so much of the United States foreign policy is as old as the Republic itself. He traces the development of this element of the American heritage from its beginning as a literal interpretation of biblical prophecies. Pointing to the application of the millenarian ideal to successive stages of American history, notably apocalyptic events like the Civil War, Tuveson illustrates its pervasive cultural influences with examples from the writings of Jonathan Edwards, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Timothy Dwight, and Julia Ward Howe, among others.
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Table of Contents
I. Apocalyptic and History II. The Rationale of the Millennium III. The Politics of Providence and the Holy Utopia IV. When Did Destiny Become Manifest?
V. Chosen Race . . . Chosen People VI. "The Ennobling War"
Appendix: A Connecticut Yankee in the Mystical Babylon Bibliographical Note Index