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Bestselling author Stephen Prothero addresses the question of "Whose America is this," by exploring American political discourse and the significant texts that make up the living history of the American people.
American politics is broken because we have forgotten how to talk with one another. Instead of arguing on behalf of of our nation, we argue on behalf of our party.
The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation reacquaints us with the oft-quoted (and misquoted) speeches, songs, and sayings that animate our politics, inspire social action, and drive our debates about who is—and is not—a real American. It reconnects us with a surprising tradition of civility that manages to be both critical of Americans shortcomings and hopeful for positive change.
To explore these "scriptures," is to revisit what Americans have said about liberty and equality and to revitalize our ongoing conversation about the future of the American experiment.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Various types of literature that "epitomizes America" with background and arguments for and against each piece of work. Enjoyed reading it for my English class.Published 10 months ago by Priscilla
Tries to appear and approach our cultural political divide by thinking he is neutral. His left-wing bias comes thru in the examples and comments. Read morePublished 17 months ago by D. Ratliff
This is a fascinating way to view North American history
It is organized in a thoughtful way and the commentaries were varied
I like what this book is trying to accomplish. Pundits and politicians of all stripes have long appropriated a few key texts, speeches, and phrases throughout American history for... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought the book for an adult discussion group, and we all oved it! I teach school, and it is a great book for any teacher who teached any level of Amerian history. Read morePublished 23 months ago by jean schuessler
If you were to compile the most influential documents, letters, ideas, decisions, songs or speeches that have helped shape the United States political tradition, what would you... Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by jtk
I use this book in leading an adult group studying documents in American history. It is a superb tool for such collaborative learning since everything in the book is designed to... Read morePublished on April 27, 2013 by MARK LIEBERMAN