By John Michael
From Thomas Jefferson to John Rawls, justice has been on the middle of America’s self-image and nationwide creed. while, for plenty of of its peoples-from African slaves and ecu immigrants to ladies and the poor-the American event has been outlined via injustice: oppression, disenfranchisement, violence, and prejudice.
In identification and the Failure of the US, John Michael explores the contradictions among a mythic nationwide identification promising justice to all and the realities of a divided, hierarchical, and regularly iniquitous background and social order. via a sequence of insightful readings, Michael analyzes such cultural moments because the epic dramatization of the strain among person ambition and communal complicity in Moby-Dick, attempts to influence 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 cases whilst the character of the us as an primarily conflicted kingdom grew to become to strength, Michael eventually posits the improvement of a extra cosmopolitan American identification, person who is extra absolutely and justly imagined in line 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 frightened Intellects: educational pros, Public Intellectuals, and Enlightenment Values and Emerson and Skepticism: The Cipher of the World.
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