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


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Publisher:Hill & Wang Pub, 1999



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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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