Mission and Menace
Four Centuries of American Religious Zeal
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Observing that Abraham Lincoln once described the United States as an "almost chosen nation," Robert Jewett offers a critical survey of the history of America's self-understanding as a nation enjoying both divine blessing and a God-given vocation as a "city on a hill."
From beginnings at Jamestown, Jewett shows, the American mythology of divine mission has decisively shaped both domestic and foreign policies of the developing nation, and it remains one of the most important forces affecting the United States' role in the world today. Chapters include:
Written in the tradition of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, the volume includes black and white illustrations.
"Mission and Menace, a delightfully readable and accessible work, is
ideal for college classrooms and anyone interested in better
understanding how American religious attitudes from the time of the
earliest settlers down to the present have shaped the modern beliefs of
the general public and political elites."
Dr. Roy Hammerling, Associate Professor of Church History, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota