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The Puritan Origins of American Patriotism Hardcover – August 28, 2007
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“The Puritan Origins of American Patriotism exhibits a remarkable breadth and depth of learning and is brimming with insights. One sees here the work of a seasoned scholar, a person of discernment and good judgment.”―Robert P. George, Princeton University
"A masterly intellectual history of America."―Barry Shain, Colgate University
"George McKenna argues that American Puritanism of the seventeenth century has been important throughout all of American history. He also wants to bring the Puritans back to life as living contributors to the parlous political discourse of the contemporary United States. On both counts―as historical primer and thought-provoking contemporary commentary―he is successful. This is a useful as well as an important book."―Mark A. Noll, University of Notre Dame
“McKenna reminds Americans that their devotion to country runs deeper than the intellect, and that the Puritan legacy, for better or worse, continues to feed the wellsprings of American patriotism.”―Rick Ostrander, John Brown University
“Written with narrative verve and investigative authority, George McKenna’s The Puritan Origins of American Patriotism carefully traces the interwoven strands of American Puritan thought from the seventeenth century to the present day.”―Darren Dochuk, Purdue University
About the Author
George McKenna is professor emeritus, City College of the City University of New York, where he taught American government and American political thought for forty years.
Top customer reviews
First: the good parts. McKenna's retelling of early American politics and the role religion played is top notch. From the Anne Hutchinson trial to the role of religion in the pre-Civil Wart abolition movement and in the life of Abraham Lincoln were superb.
However, as the closer the author gets to the modern day the more he seems hell bound to interject politics into his telling of history. He goes on far too many tangents that don't seem germane to his history. The Hiss/Chambers account and the many political movements that sprung up in the 1960s and 70s top the list of rants that detract from the overall history.
A better editor with an ability to keep the author focused, and an author more interested in recounting history and leaving his personal bugaboos out would have made this much better that it currently is.