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Sentimental Democracy: The Evolution of America’s Romantic Self-Image
Sentimental Democracy: The Evolution of America’s Romantic Self-Image
Our Price: $28.00
Year: 1999
Pages: 406
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 809085356

Product Code: 788197738

Andrew Burstein (au). Americans have used words of sentiment & sympathy, passion & power to explain their country’s unique democratic mission. Here Burstein examines the emotional dynamic & the metaphorically rich language which Americans developed to express their guiding principle: that the New World would improve upon the Old. Burstein shows how the 18th-century “culture of sensibility” encouraged early Americans to make a commitment to the Enlightenment’s optimism about a global society. This  ideal yielded to Jackson, & the language of gentle feeling was succeeded by Manifest Destiny. Yet Americans never stopped celebrating their innate impulse to do good.

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