Myths America Lives By / Edition 1

Myths America Lives By / Edition 1

by Richard T. Hughes, Robert N. Bellah
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Myths America Lives By / Edition 1

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780252028601
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 01/01/2003
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.32(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

1.The Myth of the Chosen Nation: The Colonial Period19
2.The Myth of Nature's Nation: The Revolutionary Period45
3.The Myth of the Christian Nation: The Early National Period66
4.The Myth of the Millennial Nation: The Early National Period91
5.The Mythic Dimensions of American Capitalism: The Gilded Age126
6.The Myth of the Innocent Nation: The Twentieth Century153

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