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A Dream of the Judgment Day

American Millennialism and Apocalypticism, 1620-1890
  • By John Howard Smith
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The United States has long thought of itself as exceptional--a nation destined to lead the world into a bright and glorious future. These ideas go back to the Puritan belief that Massachusetts would be a city on a hill, and in time that image came to define the United States and the
American mentality. But what is at the root of these convictions? John Howard Smith's A Dream of the Judgment Day explores the origins of beliefs about the biblical end of the world as Americans have come to understand them, and how these beliefs led to a conception of the United States as an
exceptional nation with a unique destiny to fulfill. However, these beliefs implicitly and explicitly excluded African Americans and American Indians because they didn't fit white Anglo-Saxon ideals. While these groups were influenced by these Christian ideas, their exclusion meant they had to
craft their own versions of millenarian beliefs. Women and other marginalized groups also played a far larger role than usually acknowledged in this phenomenon, greatly influencing the developing notion of the United States as the redeemer nation.

Smith's comprehensive history of eschatological thought in early America encompasses traditional and non-traditional Christian beliefs in the end of the world. It reveals how millennialism and apocalypticism played a role in destructive and racist beliefs like Manifest Destiny, while at the same
time influencing the foundational idea of the United States as an elect nation. Featuring a broadly diverse cast of historical figures, A Dream of the Judgment Day synthesizes more than forty years of scholarship into a compelling and challenging portrait of early America.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9780197533741
    • Manufacturer: Oxford Univ Pr
    • Author: John Howard Smith
    • ISBN 13: 9780197533741
    • Publication Date: 02/01/2021
    • Format: Hardcover
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