The American Jeremiad

Paperback | April 19, 2012

bySacvan Bercovitch

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When Sacvan Bercovitch’s The American Jeremiad first appeared in 1978, it was hailed as a landmark study of dissent and cultural formation in America, from the Puritans’ writings through the major literary works of the antebellum era. For this long-awaited anniversary edition, Bercovitch has written a deeply thoughtful and challenging new preface that reflects on his classic study of the role of the political sermon, or jeremiad, in America from a contemporary perspective, while assessing developments in the field of American studies and the culture at large.

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When Sacvan Bercovitch’s The American Jeremiad first appeared in 1978, it was hailed as a landmark study of dissent and cultural formation in America, from the Puritans’ writings through the major literary works of the antebellum era. For this long-awaited anniversary edition, Bercovitch has written a deeply thoughtful and challenging ...

Sacvan Bercovitch is the Powell M. Cabot Research Professor of American Literature at Harvard University. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is a former president of the American Studies Association and the general editor of the eight-volume Cambridge History of American Literature.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:290 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:April 19, 2012Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299288641

ISBN - 13:9780299288648

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Table of Contents

Preface

1 Introduction: The Puritan Errand Reassessed

2 The Blessings of Time and Eternity

3 The Genetics of Salvation

4 The Typology of America's Mission

5 Ritual of Consensus

6 Epilogue: The Symbol of America

Notes

Index

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 “A dazzling performance. It supplies conceptual links between phenomena where historians have often sensed a connection without being able to describe it adequately, between the Great Awakening and the Revolution, between Edwards and Emerson, between the Puritan vision of a city on a hill and the ‘manifest destiny’ of American expansion . . . [Bercovitch] has written intellectual history at the highest level.”—Edmund S. Morgan, New York Review of Books