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

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

by Brent Gilchrist

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

Cultus Americanus applies a philosophical model of political culture as ideology, religion, and myth to a reconsideration of America's liberal consensus to explain cultural diversity in America. Applying this model to the formative years of American political culture, 1600 to 1865, the author 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. Brent Gilchrist engagingly depicts a political culture that is more complex and more cohesive than previously maintained, one that will be of great interest to scholars and students of American politics and history.

About the Author:
Brent Gilchrist is Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739111031
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 04/24/2006
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Brent Gilchrist is assistant professor at Brigham Young University.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Articulating the Inarticulate Premise of Conformity     1
The Conceptual Matrix of Political Culture     17
Ideology in America     65
American Gospel     159
America's Mythic Undercurrents     219
Conclusion: A Complex Consensus     255
Bibliography     271
Index     299
About the Author     305

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