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As questions of citizenship generate new debates for this generation of Americans, Thomas argues for revitalizing the role of literature in civic education. He considers 4 case studies in which individuals are presented in literature as "the good citizen," "the patriotic citizen," "the independent citizen," and "the immigrant citizen." He also provides analysis of the civic mythology surrounding Abraham Lincoln and the case of Ex parte Milligan. Engaging current debates about civil society, civil liberties, civil rights, and immigration, Thomas draws on the complexities of law and literature to probe the complexities of U.S. citizenship.

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As questions of citizenship generate new debates for this generation of Americans, Brook Thomas argues for revitalizing the role of literature in civic education. Thomas defines civic myths as compelling stories about national origin, membership, and valu

About the Author

Brook Thomas, Chancellor's Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, has written five books, including American Literary Realism and the Failed Promise of Contract.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. Introduction: Working on/with Civic Myths

Chapter 2. The Scarlet Letter: The Good Citizen, Transgression, and Civil Society

Chapter 3. "The Man without a Country": The Patriotic Citizen, Lincoln, and Civil Liberties

Chapter 4. Ex parte Milligan: Civil Liberties v. Civil Rights

Chapter 5. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The Independent Citizen, Mugwumpery, and Civil Rights

Chapter 6. China Men: The Immigrant Citizen, Wong Kim Ark, and Civil Talk

Chapter 7. Conclusion: Keeping Discussions of U.S. Citizenship Open

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807858462
Author:
Thomas, Brook
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
Civics & Citizenship
Subject:
American
Subject:
citizenship; civic education; national origin; Nathaniel Hawthorne; The Scarlet Letter;
Subject:
the good citizen
Subject:
; Edward Everett Hale; The Man without a Country;
Subject:
the patriotic citizen
Subject:
; Mark Twain; Adventures of Huckleberry Finn;
Subject:
the independent citizen
Subject:
; Maxine Hong Kingston; China Men;
Subject:
the immigrant citizen
Subject:
; civic ideals; liberty; equality; Ex Parte Milligan; civic mythology; Abraham Lincoln; civil liberties; civil rights; immigration; United States v. Wong Kim Ark; Mugwumps; Albio W. Tourgee; law and literature;
Subject:
my country, right or wrong
Subject:
; Clement L. Vallandigham; Justice John Marshall Harlan; Hans Blumenberg; habeas corpus; national security
Subject:
; civic ideals; liberty; equality; Ex Parte Milligan; civic mythology; Abraham L
Subject:
incoln; civil liberties; civil rights; immigration; United States v. Wong Kim Ark; Mugwumps; Albio W. Tourgee; law and literature;
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
Citizenship -- United States -- History.
Subject:
American fiction -- 19th century.
Subject:
Civics
Subject:
the good citizen"; Edward Everett Hale; The Man without a Country;
Subject:
the patriotic citizen"; Mark Twain; Adventures of Huckleberry Finn;
Subject:
the independent citizen"; Maxine Hong Kingston; China Men;
Subject:
the immigrant citizen"; civic ideals; liberty; equality; Ex Parte Milligan; civic mythology; Abraham Lincoln; civil liberties; civil rights; immigration; United States v. Wong Kim Ark; Mugwumps; Albio W. Tourgee; law and literature;
Subject:
my country, right or wrong"; Clement L. Vallandigham; Justice John Marshall Harlan; Hans Blumenberg; habeas corpus; national security
Subject:
Citizenship
Subject:
civic education
Subject:
national origin
Subject:
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Subject:
The Scarlet Letter
Subject:
Edward Everett Hale
Subject:
The Man without a Country
Subject:
Mark Twain
Subject:
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Subject:
Maxine Hong Kingston
Subject:
China Men
Subject:
civic ideals
Subject:
Liberty
Subject:
Equality
Subject:
Ex Parte Milligan
Subject:
civic mythology
Subject:
Abraham Lincoln
Subject:
Civil liberties
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Immigration
Subject:
United States v. Wong Kim Ark
Subject:
Mugwumps
Subject:
Albio W. Tourgee
Subject:
Law and literature
Subject:
Clement L. Vallandigham
Subject:
Justice John Marshall Harlan
Subject:
Hans Blumenberg
Subject:
Habeas corpus.
Subject:
National security
Subject:
United St
Subject:
ates v. Wong Kim Ark
Subject:
Nath
Subject:
aniel Hawthorne
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
the in
Subject:
dependent citizen"
Subject:
Ex Parte Mil
Subject:
ligan
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Cultural Studies of the United States
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5, 5 illus.
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 5.75 in

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