American Bible Whose America Is This? - How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation

ISBN-10: 0062123459
ISBN-13: 9780062123459
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Authors: Stephen Prothero
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Description: The New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One presents a provocative crash course in the great “American scriptures”—those texts that have both divided and defined our understanding of what it is to be American.  More...

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List price: $19.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/8/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

The New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One presents a provocative crash course in the great “American scriptures”—those texts that have both divided and defined our understanding of what it is to be American. Stephen Prothero gives readers an exciting and user-friendly introduction to American cultural history in The American Bible. Highlighting the touchstones of our collective cultural legacy, from Thomas Paine’s Common Sense to Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial; from the speeches of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan to the novels of Mark Twain and Ayn Rand, and beyond, Prothero’s stirring and provocative handbook peels back the curtain on the inner workings of what makes America tick.

Introduction
Genesis
The Exodus Story
"A Model of Christian Charity" (1630)
Common Sense (1776)
The Declaration of Independence (1776)
The Blue-Back Speller (1783-)
Law
The Constitution (1787)
Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
Roe v. Wade (1973)
Chronicles
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
Atlas Shrugged (1957)
Psalms
"The Star-Spangled Banner" (1814)
"God Bless America" (1938)
"This Land Is Your Land" (1940)
Proverbs
"Remember that time is money" (1748)
"God helps those who help themselves" (1758)
"Give me liberty or give me death" (1775)
"Remember the ladies" (1776)
"Ain't I a woman?" (1851)
"With malice toward none, with charity for all" (1865)
"I will fight no more forever" (1877)
"The business of America is business" (1925)
"I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people" (1932)
"Ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country" (1961)
"evil empire" (1983)
Prophets
"Civil Disobedience" (1849)
Farewell Address (1961)
"I Have a Dream" (1963)
The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965)
Lamentations
Gettysburg Address (1863)
Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1982)
Gospels
First Inaugural Address (1801)
First Inaugural Address (1933)
"The Speech" (1964)
Acts
The Pledge of Allegiance (1892,1954)
Epistles
Farewell Address (1796)
"Letter to the Danbury Baptists" (1802)
"Letter from Birmingham Jail" (1963)
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Credits
Index

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