9780195300185-0195300181-American Civil Religion: What Americans Hold Sacred

American Civil Religion: What Americans Hold Sacred

ISBN-13: 9780195300185
ISBN-10: 0195300181
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Gardella, Peter
Publication date: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 384 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780195300185
ISBN-10: 0195300181
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Gardella, Peter
Publication date: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 384 pages

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Acknowledged authors Gardella, Peter wrote American Civil Religion: What Americans Hold Sacred comprising 384 pages back in 2013. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0195300181 and 9780195300185. Since then American Civil Religion: What Americans Hold Sacred textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.00 or rent at the marketplace.

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The United States has never had an officially established national church. Since the time of the first British colonists, it has instead developed a strong civil religion that melds God and nation. In a deft exploration of American civil religious symbols-from the Liberty Bell to the Vietnam Memorial, from Mount Rushmore to Disney World-Peter Gardella explains how the places, objects, and words that Americans hold sacred came into being and how Americans' feelings about them have changed over time. In addition to examining revered historical sites and structures, he analyzes such sacred texts as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address, the Kennedy Inaugural, and the speeches of Martin Luther King, and shows how five patriotic songs-"The Star-Spangled Banner," "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," "America the Beautiful," "God Bless America," and "This Land Is Your Land"-have been elevated into hymns.
Arguing that certain values-personal freedom, political democracy, world peace, and cultural tolerance-have held American civil religion together, Gardella chronicles the numerous forms those values have taken, from Jamestown and Plymouth to the September 11, 2001 Memorial in New York.

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