Exceptional America Newness and National Identity

ISBN-10: 0820439126

ISBN-13: 9780820439129

Edition: 1999

Authors: Philip Abbott

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"The belief that America is not only different but "exceptional" is a central aspect of American identity that appears in the speeches and writings of John Winthrop to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Ronald Reagan. Yet how and why America is exceptional has produced widely diverse answers. Philip Abbott alters this debate by arguing that Americans are the way they talk. He examines American exceptionalism as a preoccupation with "newness" in both politics and culture and traces its influence in a series of great American political texts, including the Declaration of Independence, The Federalist Papers, Democracy in America, Walden, The Souls of Black Folk, and various novels and speeches."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 251
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Preface
Introduction: We Are How We Talk
Contemporary Critiques: The Exceptionalist Presence
The Beloved Text: America's Multiple Newness in Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia
The Sacred Text: What's New in the Federalist Papers
The Outside Text: Tocqueville and the NEW
The Merged Text: The Declaration of Independence from Philadelphia to Gettysburg to Birmingham
Entangled Texts: "Exceptionalism within Exceptionalism" in Dubois' The Souls of Black Folk and the Southern Agrarians' I'll Take My Stand
(Re)Newed Texts: Thoreau's and Luhan's "Agri-Cultural" Settlements
Texts of Regret: Radical Self-Critque in the Novels of Tess Slesinger
Conclusion: Ducks, Sheds, and Freeways
Selected Bibliography
Index
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