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Author Furstenberg, François.

Title In the name of the father: Washington's legacy, slavery, and the making of a nation [Hoopla electronic resource] / François Furstenberg.

Edition Unabridged.
Imprint [United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2006.
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Description 1 online resource (1 audio file (600 min.)) : digital.
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Cast Read by Michael Prichard.
Summary A revelatory study of how Americans were bound together as a young nation by the words, the image, and the myth of George Washington and how slavery shaped American nationalism in ways that define and haunt us still.How did people in our country-North and South, East and West-come to share a remarkably durable and consistent common vision of what it meant to be an American in the first fifty years after the Revolution? How did the nation respond to the problem of slavery in a republic? In the Name of the Father immerses us in the rich, riotous world of what Franȯis Furstenberg calls civic texts, the patriotic words and images circulating through every corner of the country in newspapers and almanacs, books and primers, paintings and even the most homely of domestic ornaments. We see how the leaders of the founding generation became "the founding fathers," how their words, especially George Washington's, became America's sacred scripture. And we see how the civic education they promoted is impossible to understand outside the context of America's increasing religiosity.In the Name of the Father is filled with vivid stories of American print culture, including a wonderful consideration of the first great American hack biographer cum bookseller, Parson Weems, author of the first blockbuster Washington biography. But Franȯis Furstenberg's achievement is not limited to showing what all these civic texts were and how they infused Americans with a national spirit: how they created what Abraham Lincoln so famously called "the mystic chords of memory." He goes further to show how the process of defining the good citizen in America was complicated and compromised by the problem of slavery. Ultimately, we see how reconciling slavery and republican nationalism would have fateful consequences that haunt us still, in attitudes toward the socially powerless that persist in America to this day.
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject United States -- Politics and government -- 1789-1815.
Washington, George, 1732-1799 -- Influence.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography -- History and criticism. -- Sound recordings.
Slavery -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 18th century. -- Sound recordings.
Slavery -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century. -- Sound recordings.
Textbooks -- United States -- History -- 18th century. -- Sound recordings.
Textbooks -- United States -- History -- 19th century. -- Sound recordings.
Political culture -- United States -- History -- 18th century. -- Sound recordings.
Political culture -- United States -- History -- 19th century. -- Sound recordings.
Added Author Prichard, Michael.
hoopla digital.
ISBN 9781400122783 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
1400122783 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
Music No. MWT10756596
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