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Dreams of a more perfect union

Author: Rogan Kersh
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In a Brilliantly conceived and elegantly written book, Rogan Kersh investigates the idea of national union in the United States. For much of the period between the colonial era and the late nineteenth century, he shows, "union" was the principal rhetorical means by which Americans expressed shared ideals and a common identity without invoking strong nationalism or centralized governance. Through his exploration of
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rogan Kersh
ISBN: 0801438128 9780801438127 0801489806 9780801489808
OCLC Number: 44802858
Description: xi, 358 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The rhetorical genesis of American political union --
A theory of political union emerges, 1780s-1820s --
National unity and nation-building, 1820s-1850s --
Conceiving a more moral union, 1850s-1865 --
The terms of reunion --
The ends of union, 1877-1898.
Responsibility: Rogan Kersh.

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"No other concept-Americanism, nationalism, the state-can capture both the sentiments and purposes that union did. Union was, of course, a facade that hid self-interest... but it was also a way to Read more...

 
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Equally important, the author\'s close retracing of the religious, institutional, and other themes coloring the development of unionist thought unveils new knowledge about the origination and transmittal of ideas in a polity.\"--Jacket.<\/span>\"@en<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:description<\/a> \"The rhetorical genesis of American political union -- A theory of political union emerges, 1780s-1820s -- National unity and nation-building, 1820s-1850s -- Conceiving a more moral union, 1850s-1865 -- The terms of reunion -- The ends of union, 1877-1898.<\/span>\"@en<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:description<\/a> \"\"Why and how did Americans perceive themselves as one people from the early history of the republic? How did African Americans and others at the margins of U.S. civic culture apply this concept of union? Why did the term disappear from use after the 1880s? 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