Sentimental Democracy: The Evolution of America's Romantic Self-Image

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Americans like to use words of sentiment and sympathy, passion and power to explain their democracy. Here the noted Jefferson scholar Andrew Burstein examines the metaphorically rich language that Americans developed two centuries ago to express their guiding principle: that the New World would improve upon the Old. In journals, letters, speeches, and books, an impassioned rhetoric of "feeling" set the tone for American patriotism. Burstein shows how the eighteenth-century "culture of sensibility" encouraged American ...

Sentimental Democracy: The Evolution of America's Romantic Self-Image 1999, Hill & Wang, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780809085354

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