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By Eran Shalev

ISBN-10: 0300186924

ISBN-13: 9780300186925

ISBN-10: 0300205902

ISBN-13: 9780300205909

The Bible has continuously been an essential component of yankee political culture. Yet within the years sooner than the Civil warfare, it was once the previous testomony, no longer the hot testomony, that pervaded political rhetoric. From innovative instances via approximately 1830, a number of American politicians, commentators, ministers, and laymen depicted their younger country as a brand new, God-chosen Israel and depended on the outdated testomony for political guidance.

In this unique publication, historian Eran Shalev heavily examines how this robust predilection for previous testomony narratives and rhetoric in early the USA formed a variety of debates and cultural discussions—from republican ideology, constitutional interpretation, southern slavery, and extra typically the which means of yankee nationalism to speculations at the origins of yank Indians and to the emergence of Mormonism. Shalev argues that the hassle to form the U.S. as a biblical state 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 belief of the USA as a brand new Israel and sheds new gentle on our knowing of the nation’s origins and tradition in the course of the founding and antebellum decades.

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