The Resource As a City on a Hill : The Story of America's Most Famous Lay Sermon, Daniel T. Rodgers

As a City on a Hill : The Story of America's Most Famous Lay Sermon, Daniel T. Rodgers

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As a City on a Hill : The Story of America's Most Famous Lay Sermon
Title
As a City on a Hill
Title remainder
The Story of America's Most Famous Lay Sermon
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Daniel T. Rodgers
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  • eng
  • eng
Summary
How an obscure Puritan sermon came to be seen as a founding document of American identity and exceptionalism"For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill," John Winthrop warned his fellow Puritans at New England's founding in 1630. More than three centuries later, Ronald Reagan remade that passage into a timeless celebration of American promise. How were Winthrop's long-forgotten words reinvented as a central statement of American identity and exceptionalism? In As a City on a Hill, leading American intellectual historian Daniel Rodgers tells the surprising story of one of the most celebrated documents in the canon of the American idea. In doing so, he brings to life the ideas Winthrop's text carried in its own time and the sharply different yearnings that have been attributed to it since.As a City on a Hill shows how much more malleable, more saturated with vulnerability, and less distinctly American Winthrop's "Model of Christian Charity" was than the document that twentieth-century Americans invented. Across almost four centuries, Rodgers traces striking shifts in the meaning of Winthrop's words-from Winthrop's own anxious reckoning with the scrutiny of the world, through Abraham Lincoln's haunting reference to this "almost chosen people," to the "city on a hill" that African Americans hoped to construct in Liberia, to the era of Donald Trump.As a City on a Hill reveals the circuitous, unexpected ways Winthrop's words came to lodge in American consciousness. At the same time, the book offers a probing reflection on how nationalism encourages the invention of "timeless" texts to straighten out the crooked realities of the past
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DE-B1597
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Rodgers, Daniel T
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other
LC call number
HN57
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dictionaries
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De Gruyter
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  • Cities and towns
  • City and town life
  • Sociology, Urban
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specialized
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As a City on a Hill : The Story of America's Most Famous Lay Sermon, Daniel T. Rodgers
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Publication
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter 5. Left All Alone in Amer i ca
  • Chapter 6. Love Is a Bond or Ligament
  • Chapter 7. Moralizing the Market Economy
  • Chapter 8. The Poor and the Bound aries of Obligation
  • PART II. Nation
  • Chapter 9. Inventing Foundations
  • Chapter 10. Mobile Metaphors of Nationalism
  • Chapter 11. From the Top Mast
  • Chapter 12. Constructing a City on a Hill in Africa
  • Chapter 13. The Carnage of God's Chosen Nations
  • Frontmatter
  • PART III. Icon
  • Chapter 14. The Historical Embarrassments of New England
  • Chapter 15. Puritanism in an Existentialist Key
  • Chapter 16. Arguing over the Puritans during the Cold War
  • Chapter 17. Ronald Reagan's Shining City on a Hill
  • Chapter 18. Puritan Foundations of an "Exceptionalist" Nation
  • Chapter 19. Ambivalent Evangelicals
  • Epilogue. Disembarking from the Arbella
  • Appendix. John Winthrop, "A Model of Christian Charity": A Modern Transcription
  • Notes
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • Introduction. " The Most Famous Lay Sermon in All of American History
  • PART I. Text
  • Chapter 1. Writing "A Model of Christian Charity"
  • Chapter 2. " We Shall Be as a City upon a Hill"
  • Chapter 3. A Chosen People
  • Chapter 4. New England in a World of Holy Experiments
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1 online resource
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online
Isbn
9780691184371
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.23943/9780691184371
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)502932
  • (DE-B1597)9780691184371
Label
As a City on a Hill : The Story of America's Most Famous Lay Sermon, Daniel T. Rodgers
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter 5. Left All Alone in Amer i ca
  • Chapter 6. Love Is a Bond or Ligament
  • Chapter 7. Moralizing the Market Economy
  • Chapter 8. The Poor and the Bound aries of Obligation
  • PART II. Nation
  • Chapter 9. Inventing Foundations
  • Chapter 10. Mobile Metaphors of Nationalism
  • Chapter 11. From the Top Mast
  • Chapter 12. Constructing a City on a Hill in Africa
  • Chapter 13. The Carnage of God's Chosen Nations
  • Frontmatter
  • PART III. Icon
  • Chapter 14. The Historical Embarrassments of New England
  • Chapter 15. Puritanism in an Existentialist Key
  • Chapter 16. Arguing over the Puritans during the Cold War
  • Chapter 17. Ronald Reagan's Shining City on a Hill
  • Chapter 18. Puritan Foundations of an "Exceptionalist" Nation
  • Chapter 19. Ambivalent Evangelicals
  • Epilogue. Disembarking from the Arbella
  • Appendix. John Winthrop, "A Model of Christian Charity": A Modern Transcription
  • Notes
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • Introduction. " The Most Famous Lay Sermon in All of American History
  • PART I. Text
  • Chapter 1. Writing "A Model of Christian Charity"
  • Chapter 2. " We Shall Be as a City upon a Hill"
  • Chapter 3. A Chosen People
  • Chapter 4. New England in a World of Holy Experiments
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691184371
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.23943/9780691184371
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)502932
  • (DE-B1597)9780691184371

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