By George McKenna
In this soaking up ebook, George McKenna levels around the whole landscape of yank heritage to trace the advance of yank patriotism. That patriotism—shaped by means of Reformation Protestantism and imbued with the yank Puritan trust in a providential “errand”—has developed over 350 years and motivated American political tradition in either confident and destructive methods, McKenna indicates. The germ of the patriotism, an activist theology that under pressure collective instead of person salvation, begun within the past due 1630s in New England and traveled around the continent, ultimately changing into a countrywide phenomenon. this day, American patriotism nonetheless displays its origins within the 17th century.
By encouraging solidarity in a kingdom of various peoples and encouraging social reform, American patriotism has occasionally been a strength for strong. however the ebook additionally uncovers a darker aspect of the nation’s patriotism—a prejudice opposed to the South within the 19th century, for instance, and a bent towards nativism and anti-Catholicism. sarcastically, an exceptional reversal has happened, and at the present time the main fervent believers within the Puritan narrative are the previous “outsiders”—Catholics and Southerners. McKenna bargains a fascinating new standpoint on patriotism’s position all through American heritage, and he concludes with trenchant innovations on its position within the post-9/11 era.
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