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By Peter Gardella

the U.S. hasn't ever had an formally confirmed nationwide church. because the time of the 1st British colonists, it has in its place constructed a robust civil faith that melds God and state. In a deft exploration of yankee civil spiritual symbols-from the freedom Bell to the Vietnam Memorial, from Mount Rushmore to Disney World-Peter Gardella explains how the locations, gadgets, and phrases that american citizens carry sacred got here into being and the way american citizens' emotions approximately them have replaced over the years. as well as interpreting respected old websites and constructions, he analyzes such sacred texts because the statement of Independence, the structure, the Gettysburg deal with, the Kennedy Inaugural, and the speeches of Martin Luther King, and indicates how 5 patriotic songs-"The Star-Spangled Banner," "The conflict Hymn of the Republic," "America the Beautiful," "God Bless America," and "This Land Is Your Land"-have been increased into hymns.
Arguing that sure values-personal freedom, political democracy, global peace, and cultural tolerance-have held American civil faith jointly, Gardella chronicles the varied kinds these values have taken, from Jamestown and Plymouth to the September eleven, 2001 Memorial in New York.

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