American Declarations

American Declarations : Rebellion and Repentance in American Cultural History

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Harold K. Bush Jr. considers the mythic and rhetorical content of these definitive statements, which generally occur in the midst of cultural conflict, and clarifies how these pivotal moments both defend and reshape the "myth" that is the United States.Significant moments in our literary history -- in public speeches like Lincoln's first inaugural address, Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?" or Robert Frost's recital at John F. Kennedy's inauguration -- both reflect and foster our beliefs of who Americans are and what America means.show more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 152.9 x 228.3 x 18.5mm | 348.35g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252067355
  • 9780252067358

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"Bush succeeds admirably in showing how cultural myths become solidified, and how they are entangled in social and cultural conflicts... He also points a possible direction ... down which American studies might make its way." -- Randall Knoper, College Literatureshow more

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