By Eran Shalev
The Bible has constantly been an essential component of yank political culture. Yet within the years ahead of the Civil warfare, it was once the previous testomony, no longer the hot testomony, that pervaded political rhetoric. From progressive occasions via approximately 1830, quite a few American politicians, commentators, ministers, and laymen depicted their younger state as a brand new, God-chosen Israel and trusted the previous testomony for political guidance.
In this unique e-book, historian Eran Shalev heavily examines how this robust predilection for outdated testomony narratives and rhetoric in early the United States formed quite a lot of debates and cultural discussions—from republican ideology, constitutional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 as a rule the which means of yankee nationalism to speculations at the origins of yankee Indians and to the emergence of Mormonism. Shalev argues that the trouble to form the us 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 that means and lasting results of the assumption of the USA as a brand new Israel and sheds new mild on our figuring out of the nation’s origins and tradition in the course of the founding and antebellum decades.
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