Social Sciences

The History of the American Identity

History 480

Formation and development of America’s sense of historical mission from the Puritans to the present day. Analysis of primary documents guides students through a chronological evaluation of America’s “political theology, ” including its sense of divine calling, national mission, and redemptive world role. Readings focus on the religious, political, ideological, and historical roots of America’s understanding of its place in his- tory, exploring how that identity has been shaped both by Americans themselves and by foreign observers.