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Mission and Menace: Four Centuries of American Religious Zeal

Mission and Menace: Four Centuries of American Religious Zeal

Observing that Abraham Lincoln once described the United States as an "almost chosen nation," Robert Jewett offers a critical survey of the history of America's self-understanding as a nation enjoying both divine blessing and a God-given vocation as a "city on a hill."

From beginnings at Jamestown, Jewett shows, the American mythology of divine mission has decisively shaped both domestic and foreign policies of the developing nation, and it remains one of the most important forces affecting the United States' role in the world today. Chapters include:

  • Colonial Beginnings: The City Set Upon a Hill
  • The Second Great Awakening, Manifest Destiny, Reform and Reaction
  • From the Civil Rights Movement to the Vietnam War
  • The Political Distortion of Religion: Triumphant Fundamentalism, Impeachment, and the War against Terrorism and more.

Written in the tradition of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, the volume includes black and white illustrations.

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800662844
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 384
  • Publication Date February 18, 2008


"Mission and Menace, a delightfully readable and accessible work, is ideal for college classrooms and anyone interested in better understanding how American religious attitudes from the time of the earliest settlers down to the present have shaped the modern beliefs of the general public and political elites."
— Dr. Roy Hammerling, Associate Professor of Church History, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota