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Creating an American culture, 1775-1800 : a brief history with documents / Eve Kornfeld.

Kornfeld, Eve. (Author).

  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 031219062X (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 9780312190620 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 0312237022 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 9780312237028 (hardcover)
  • Description: xiii, 274 p. : ill., ports. ; 21 cm.
  • Publisher: Boston : Bedford/St. Martin's, c2001.

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  • 1 copy at NOBLE (All Libraries).

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Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
North Shore - Lynn Campus Stacks E 163 .K67 2001 (Text to phone) Available -

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-267) and index.
Contents Note: Creating an American culture -- Inventing an American language and literature -- Educating American citizens -- Narrating nationhood -- Contesting popular culture -- Encountering the other.
Summary: Amid the battle for American independence and the struggle to invent a federal government, American Revolutionary leaders and intellectuals sought also to create a culture that would unify a territory of immense regional, ethnic, and religious diversity. In this interpretive narrative, the author examines the efforts of Noah Webster, Benjamin Rush, George Washington, Judith Sargent Murray, David Ramsay, Mercy Otis Warren, and others to invent a national literature, narrate a story of nationhood, and educate a diverse people for virtuous Republican citizenship. Among the 31 documents following the narrative are early attempts at American epic poetry, excerpts from the first narrative histories of the United States, and commentaries on the place of women and Indians in national life. Headnotes to the documents, reproductions of early paintings and portraits, a chronology, questions for consideration, are also included.

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