"In Search of the City on a Hill challenges the widespread assumption that Americans have always used this potent metaphor to define their national identity. It demonstrates that America's 'redeemer myth' owes more to nineteenth- and twentieth-century reinventions of the Puritans than to the colonists' own conceptions of divine election."
"Together with Josiah Strong's runaway best-seller, Our Country, Beecher's A Plea for the West spread the vile contagion of anti-Catholic hatred and nativism to generations of 19th century Protestants"
"Published in 1886, Strong's Our Country spoke immediately and eloquently to Protestant America. Over a period of 30 years the book sold 175,000 copies. A postmillennial evangelical defense of Anglo-Saxon rural America against Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, socialism, mammonism, materialism, immigration, the liquor power and other dred scourges of an urbanized society."