The American Jeremiad by Sacvan BercovitchThe American Jeremiad by Sacvan Bercovitch

The American Jeremiad

bySacvan Bercovitch

Paperback | April 19, 2012

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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.

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.
Title:The American JeremiadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:290 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.8 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


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



Editorial Reviews

 “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