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Dreams of a more perfect union, Rogan Kersh

Label
Dreams of a more perfect union
Title
Dreams of a more perfect union
Statement of responsibility
Rogan Kersh
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "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 how Americans once succeeded in uniting a diverse and fragmented citizenry, Kersh revives a long-forgotten source of U.S. national identity."
  • "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? In his search for answers, Kersh employs a wide range of methods, including political-theory analysis of writings by James Madison, Frederick Douglass, and Abraham Lincoln and empirical analysis drawing on his own extensive database of American newspapers. The author's findings are persuasive - and often surprising. One intriguing development, for instance, was a strong resurgence of union feelings among Southerners - including prominent former secessionists - after the Civil War."
  • "Dreams of a More Perfect Union offers valuable insights about American political history, especially the rise of nationalism and federalism. 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
  • 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 how Americans once succeeded in uniting a diverse and fragmented citizenry, Kersh revives a long-forgotten source of U.S. national identity. 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? In his search for answers, Kersh employs a wide range of methods, including political-theory analysis of writings by James Madison, Frederick Douglass, and Abraham Lincoln and empirical analysis drawing on his own extensive database of American newspapers. The author's findings are persuasive - and often surprising. One intriguing development, for instance, was a strong resurgence of union feelings among Southerners - including prominent former secessionists - after the Civil War. Dreams of a More Perfect Union offers valuable insights about American political history, especially the rise of nationalism and federalism. 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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kersh, Rogan
Dewey number
320.54/0973/09033
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JK31
LC item number
.K47 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Nationalism
  • Nationalism
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Dreams of a more perfect union, Rogan Kersh
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-349) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
44802858
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 358 pages
Isbn
9780801438127
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
00010766
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Dreams of a more perfect union, Rogan Kersh
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-349) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
44802858
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 358 pages
Isbn
9780801438127
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
00010766
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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