Redeemer Nation: The Idea Of America's Millennial Role

Paperback | February 15, 1980

byErnest Lee Tuveson

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Ernest Tuveson here shows that the idea of the redemptive mission which has motivated so much of the United States foreign policy is as old as the Republic itself. He traces the development of this element of the American heritage from its beginning as a literal interpretation of biblical prophecies. Pointing to the application of the millenarian ideal to successive stages of American history, notably apocalyptic events like the Civil War, Tuveson illustrates its pervasive cultural influences with examples from the writings of Jonathan Edwards, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Timothy Dwight, and Julia Ward Howe, among others.

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Ernest Tuveson here shows that the idea of the redemptive mission which has motivated so much of the United States foreign policy is as old as the Republic itself. He traces the development of this element of the American heritage from its beginning as a literal interpretation of biblical prophecies. Pointing to the application of the ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 9.03 × 6.04 × 0.7 inPublished:February 15, 1980Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226819213

ISBN - 13:9780226819211

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Table of Contents

I. Apocalyptic and History
II. The Rationale of the Millennium
III. The Politics of Providence and the Holy Utopia
IV. When Did Destiny Become Manifest?
V. Chosen Race . . . Chosen People
VI. "The Ennobling War"
Appendix: A Connecticut Yankee in the Mystical Babylon
Bibliographical Note
Index