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Myths America Lives By

Myths America Lives By
Author: Richard T. Hughes
ISBN 13: 9780252072208
ISBN 10: 252072200
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication Date: 2004-06-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
List Price: $23.00

Richard T. Hughes argues that the Innocent Nation myth prevented many Americans from understanding, or even discussing, the complex motivations of the 9/11 terrorists. Myths America Lives By identifies five key myths that lie at the heart of the American experience -- the myths of the Chosen Nation, of Nature's Nation, of the Christian Nation, of the Millennial Nation, and of the Innocent Nation. Drawing on a range of dissenting voices, Hughes shows that by canonizing these seemingly harmless myths of national identity as absolute truths, America risks undermining the sweepingly egalitarian promise of the Declaration of Independence.