By John Michael
From Thomas Jefferson to John Rawls, justice has been on the heart of America’s self-image and nationwide creed. even as, for lots of of its peoples-from African slaves and eu immigrants to ladies and the poor-the American event has been outlined by means of injustice: oppression, disenfranchisement, violence, and prejudice.
In id and the Failure of the United States, John Michael explores the contradictions among a mythic nationwide identification promising justice to all and the realities of a divided, hierarchical, and regularly iniquitous heritage and social order. via a chain of insightful readings, Michael analyzes such cultural moments because the epic dramatization of the stress among person ambition and communal complicity in Moby-Dick, attempts to impact social swap via sympathy within the novels of Lydia Marie baby and Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s antislavery activism and Frederick Douglass’s lengthy struggle for racial fairness, and the divisive figures of John Brown and Nat Turner in American letters and memory.
Focusing on exemplary situations while the character of the USA as an primarily conflicted state grew to become to strength, Michael eventually posits the advance of a extra cosmopolitan American identification, one who is extra absolutely and justly imagined in keeping with the nation’s moral failings at domestic and abroad.
John Michael is professor of English and of visible and cultural reports on the college of Rochester. he's the writer of fearful Intellects: educational pros, Public Intellectuals, and Enlightenment Values and Emerson and Skepticism: The Cipher of the World.
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Identity and the Failure of America: From Thomas Jefferson to the War on Terror by John Michael