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Author Hughes, Richard T. (Richard Thomas), 1943-

Title Myths America lives by / Richard T. Hughes ; foreword by Robert N. Bellah
Published Urbana : University of Illinois, 2003


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Description xv, 203 pages ; 23 cm
Contents Foreword / Robert N. Bellah -- 1. The Myth of the Chosen Nation: The Colonial Period -- 2. The Myth of Nature's Nation: The Revolutionary Period -- 3. The Myth of the Christian Nation: The Early National Period -- 4. The Myth of the Millennial Nation: The Early National Period -- 5. The Mythic Dimensions of American Capitalism: The Gilded Age -- 6. The Myth of the Innocent Nation: The Twentieth Century
Summary "In this book Richard T. Hughes identifies the 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 fables of national identity as absolute truths, America risks undermining the sweepingly egalitarian promise of the Declaration of Independence." "Hughes locates the roots of each myth in a different period of America's development, and from each of these periods he finds stirring critiques offered by marginalized commentators - especially African Americans and Native Americans - each questioning a predominant myth."--BOOK JACKET
Notes First paperback edition 2004
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject National characteristics, American.
Nationalism -- United States.
Myth -- Political aspects -- United States.
United States -- History -- Philosophy.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Philosophy.
United States -- History -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
LC no. 2002156582
ISBN 0252028600 acid-free paper
0252072200 paperback