Prodigal Nation: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9/11 by Andrew R. Murphy

Prodigal Nation: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9/11

byAndrew R. Murphy

Paperback | January 1, 2011

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America's supposed moral decline from an imagined golden age, and the threat of divine punishment for the sin of straying from the path of righteousness, have been consistent themes in its political and religious rhetoric. In Prodigal Nation, Andrew Murphy investigates the jeremiad'shistorical roots and probes the ways in which it continues to illuminate themes and tensions in American social and political life.

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Andrew R. Murphy is Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, New Bruswick. He is the author of Conscience and Community: Revisiting Toleration and Religious Dissent in Early Modern England and America, the co-editor of Religion, Politics, and the American Identity: New Directions, New Controversies, and the edit...
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Title:Prodigal Nation: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9/11Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:January 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The American JeremiadPart I: Three American Jeremiads2. Puritan New England and the Foundations of the American Jeremiad3. Decline, Slavery, and War: The Jeremiad in Antebellum and Civil War America4. Taking America Back: The Christian Right JeremiadPart II: The Jeremiad in American Culture5. Competing Jeremiads6. Constructing a Usable Past7. The Jeremiad and the Culture Wars8. The Past, Present, and Future of the American Jeremiad

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"A brilliant analysis of the American jeremiad. Elegant, powerful, hopeful, and wise - Prodigal Nation is required reading for anyone who wishes to understand the fitful history of the American spirit." --James A. Morone, author of Hellfire Nation and The Democratic Wish