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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Creating an American Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Eve Kornfeld
      Pages 3-10
    3. Eve Kornfeld
      Pages 27-38
    4. Eve Kornfeld
      Pages 39-53
    5. Eve Kornfeld
      Pages 54-65
    6. Eve Kornfeld
      Pages 66-76
    7. Eve Kornfeld
      Pages 77-80
  3. The Documents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Eve Kornfeld
      Pages 110-148
    3. Eve Kornfeld
      Pages 149-188
    4. Eve Kornfeld
      Pages 189-228
    5. Eve Kornfeld
      Pages 229-260
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 261-274

About this book

Introduction

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 a sophisticated yet accessible interpretive narrative, Eve Kornfeld 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, a bibliography, and an index are also included.

Authors and affiliations

  • Eve Kornfeld
    • 1
  1. 1.San Diego State UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-137-03834-0
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2001
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-63132-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-03834-0
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