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American civil religion : what Americans hold sacred

Author: Peter Gardella
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The United States has never had an officially established national church. Since the time of the first British colonists, it has instead developed a strong civil religion that melds God and nation. In a deft exploration of American civil religious symbols -- from the Liberty Bell to the Vietnam Memorial, from Mount Rushmore to Disney World -- Peter Gardella explains how the places, objects, and words that Americans  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Gardella, Peter, 1951-
American civil religion
(DLC) 2013022355
(OCoLC)858914293
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Gardella
ISBN: 9780199355013 0199355010 1306136296 9781306136297
OCLC Number: 869281962
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 368 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: What is American civil religion? --
America: the name, the concept, and the word --
Jamestown and its anniversaries --
The Mayflower Compact --
Plymouth Rock, the Pilgrims, and the Indians --
City on a hill: from Jesus to Winthrop, Kennedy, and Reagan --
The Freedom Trail and Boston Common --
The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the slave quarters --
The flag --
The Declaration of Independence --
The Great Seal and the dollar bill --
The Constitution --
Washington, D.C.: the city, the Capitol, and the White House --
The Star-Spangled Banner --
The Washington Monument --
The Battle Hymn of the Republic --
Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address --
Lincoln's second inaugural address --
Arlington National Cemetery --
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island --
America the Beautiful --
The Lincoln Memorial --
Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills --
God Bless America --
This Land is Your Land --
The four freedoms --
Iwo Jima: the picture, the monuments, and the battle --
Disney parks --
The Kennedy inaugural --Kings' speeches: the Mall (1963) and Memphis (1968) --
Vietnam Veterans Memorial --
Transforming the National Mall --
Ground zero, martyrdom, and empire --
Conflict, consensus, and the future.
Responsibility: Peter Gardella.

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