The Puritan Origins of American Patriotism
In this absorbing book, George McKenna ranges across the entire panorama of American history to track the development of American patriotism. That patriotism—shaped by Reformation Protestantism and imbued with the American Puritan belief in a providential “errand”—has evolved over 350 years and influenced American political culture in both positive and negative ways, McKen...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published September 28th 2007 by Yale University Press
(first published August 28th 2007)
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A march through American history, tracing the impact and influence of the Puritans and their posterity and legacy -- from settlement to the Revolution to Whiggery to the Abolitionist Republicans to Progressivism to the modern Democrats (and noting along the way the Great Reversal, that Southern Evangelicals and Catholics who were the anti-Christs of early Puritan polemics now constitute the heart of that polis whose philosophical and ideological sentiments bear the most similarity to the Puritan...more