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Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American Historyby James A. Morone
Synopses & Reviews
The American Constitution firmly separates church and state. Yet religion lies at the heart of American politics. How did America become a nation with the soul of a church? In Hellfire Nation, James Morone recasts American history as a moral epic. From the colonial era to the present day, Americans embraced a Providential mission, tangled with devils, and aspired to save the world. Moral fervor ignited our fiercest social conflicts--but it also moved dreamers to remake the nation in the name of social justice. Moral crusades inspired abolition, woman suffrage, and civil rights, even as they led Americans to hang witches, enslave Africans, and ban liquor. Today these moral arguments continue, influencing the debate over everything from abortion to foreign policy. Written with passion and deep insight, Hellfire Nation tells the story of a brawling, raucous, religious people. Morone shows how fears of sin and dreams of virtue defined the shape of the nation.
Written with passion and deep insight, "Hellfire Nation" tells the story of abrawling, raucous, righteous people, and shows how fears of sin and dreams ofvirtue define the shape of a nation. 43 illustrations.
This extraordinary retelling of American political history shows that--despite the clear separation of church and state--religion lies at the heart of American politics.
About the Author
James A. Morone, professor of political science at Brown University, is also the author of The Democratic Wish: Popular Participation and the Limits of American Government, published by Yale University Press.
Table of Contents
Us : the city on a hill — Them : heretic, heathen, and witch — The Puritans become America — The wrath of God in Black and white — Abolition! — South : the proslavery argument — North : the ragged chorus of the Union — Purity and the woman's sphere — White slaves and the modern witch- hunt — Temperance : crucible of race and class — Prohibition and the rise of big government — The New Deal call to alms — Manifest destiny in Cold War — The sixties — Modern morals.
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