The Rites of Assent: Transformations in the Symbolic by Sacvan Bercovitch

By Sacvan Bercovitch

The Rites of Assent examines the cultural suggestions in which "America" served as a motor vehicle at the same time for variety and unity, fusion and fragmentation. Taking an ethnographic, cross-cultural process, The Rites of Assent lines the meanings and reasons of "America" again to the colonial typology of challenge, and in particular (in chapters on Puritan rhetoric, Cotton Mather, Jonathan Edwards, and the circulate from Revival to Revolution) to the legacy of early New England.

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