By Eran Shalev

The Bible has continuously been a vital part of yankee political culture. Yet within the years prior to the Civil conflict, it used to be the outdated testomony, now not the hot testomony, that pervaded political rhetoric. From progressive occasions via approximately 1830, quite a few American politicians, commentators, ministers, and laymen depicted their younger kingdom as a brand new, God-chosen Israel and trusted the outdated testomony for political guidance.

In this unique booklet, historian Eran Shalev heavily examines how this strong predilection for outdated testomony narratives and rhetoric in early the United States formed a variety of debates and cultural discussions—from republican ideology, constitutional interpretation, southern slavery, and extra quite often the which means of yank nationalism to speculations at the origins of yankee Indians and to the emergence of Mormonism. Shalev argues that the hassle to form the USA as a biblical kingdom mirrored conflicting attitudes in the culture—proudly conceited at the one hand yet doubtful approximately its talents and supreme future at the other. With nice nuance, American Zion explores for the 1st time the which means and lasting results of the belief of the USA as a brand new Israel and sheds new gentle on our realizing of the nation’s origins and tradition in the course of the founding and antebellum decades.

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