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A Dream of the Judgment Day

American Millennialism and Apocalypticism, 1620-1890

John Howard Smith

A Dream of the Judgment Day

A Dream of the Judgment Day

American Millennialism and Apocalypticism, 1620-1890

A Dream of the Judgment Day

 

The United States has long thought of itself as exceptional—a nation destined to lead the world into a glorious future. But what is at the root of these convictions? John Howard Smith's A Dream of the Judgment Day explores the origins of beliefs about the biblical end of the world, and how this belief led to the idea that the United States is an exceptional nation with a unique destiny to fulfill.


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Beschrijving A Dream of the Judgment Day

The United States has long thought of itself as exceptional—a nation destined to lead the world into a bright and glorious future. These ideas go back to the Puritan belief that Massachusetts would be a "city on a hill," and in time that image came to define the United States and the American mentality. But what is at the root of these convictions? John Howard Smith's A Dream of the Judgment Day explores the origins of beliefs about the biblical end of
the world as Americans have come to understand them, and how these beliefs led to a conception of the United States as an exceptional nation with a unique destiny to fulfill. However, these beliefs implicitly and explicitly excluded African Americans and American Indians because they didn't fit white
Anglo-Saxon ideals. While these groups were influenced by these Christian ideas, their exclusion meant they had to craft their own versions of millenarian beliefs. Women and other marginalized groups also played a far larger role than usually acknowledged in this phenomenon, greatly influencing the developing notion of the United States as the "redeemer nation."

Smith's comprehensive history of eschatological thought in early America encompasses traditional and non-traditional Christian beliefs in the end of the world. It reveals how millennialism and apocalypticism played a role in destructive and racist beliefs like "Manifest Destiny," while at the same time influencing the foundational idea of the United States as an "elect nation." Featuring a broadly diverse cast of historical figures, A Dream of the Judgment Day synthesizes more than
forty years of scholarship into a compelling and challenging portrait of early America.


ISBN
9780197533741
Pagina's
392
Verschenen
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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