In the Name of the Father: Washington's Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation

By: Furstenberg, Francois

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How "did" people in our country-North and South, East and West-come to share a remarkably durable and consistent common vision of what it meant to be an American in the first fifty years after the Revolution? How did the nation respond to the problem of slavery in a republic? "In the Name of the Father" immerses us in the rich, riotous world of what Fran?ois Furstenberg calls civic texts, the patriotic words and images circulating through every corner of the country in newspapers and almanacs, books and primers, paintings and even the most homely of domestic ornaments. We see how the leaders of the founding generation became "the founding fathers," how their words, especially George Washington's, became America's sacred scripture. And we see how the civic education they promoted is impossible to understand outside the context of America's increasing religiosity.
"In the Name of the Father" is filled with vivid stories of American print culture, including a wonderful consideration of the first great American hack biographer cum bookseller, Parson Weems, author of the first blockbuster Washington biography. But Fran?ois Furstenberg's achievement is not limited to showing what all these civic texts were and how they infused Americans with a national spirit: how they created what Abraham Lincoln so famously called "the mystic chords of memory." He goes further to show how the process of defining the good citizen in America was complicated and compromised by the problem of slavery. Ultimately, we see how reconciling slavery and republican nationalism would have fateful consequences that haunt us still, in attitudes toward the socially powerless that persist in America to this day

Title: In the Name of the Father: Washington's Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation

Author Name: Furstenberg, Francois

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Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The:

ISBN Number: 1594200920

ISBN Number 13: 9781594200922

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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