By Eran Shalev
The Bible has constantly been an essential component of yankee political culture. Yet within the years ahead of the Civil conflict, it was once the outdated testomony, no longer the recent testomony, that pervaded political rhetoric. From innovative occasions via approximately 1830, a variety of American politicians, commentators, ministers, and laymen depicted their younger state as a brand new, God-chosen Israel and depended on the previous testomony for political guidance.
In this unique ebook, historian Eran Shalev heavily examines how this robust predilection for previous testomony narratives and rhetoric in early the United States formed quite a lot of debates and cultural discussions—from republican ideology, constitutional interpretation, southern slavery, and extra normally the that means of yank nationalism to speculations at the origins of yankee Indians and to the emergence of Mormonism. Shalev argues that the trouble to form the USA as a biblical country mirrored conflicting attitudes in the culture—proudly arrogant at the one hand yet doubtful approximately its skills and supreme future at the other. With nice nuance, American Zion explores for the 1st time the which means and lasting results of the assumption of the U.S. as a brand new Israel and sheds new gentle on our figuring out of the nation’s origins and tradition in the course of the founding and antebellum decades.
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American Zion by Eran Shalev