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Democratic Personality: Popular Voice and the Trial of American Authorship
This book proposes a new view of the democratization of America by recasting democracy as a symbolic theater, historically realized in an untheorized and irrational public utterance that began with the Salem witchcraft crisis of 1692 and extended through the Great Awakening and the antebellum era. This discursive practice gave rise, as popular voice, to a distinctive mode ...more
Paperback, 552 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Stanford University Press
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Jun 29, 2008 Adriana rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book is a great overview read on how European Philosophy influenced American literature up to the middle of the 19th century. Especially, when the founding fathers and mothers were looking at white women's rights, slaves, native Americans, and non=British residents in the country who lived in America, they began to pick and choose certain people they wanted to represent America.