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American prophecy : race and redemption in American political culture / George Shulman.

By: Shulman, George M.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2008Description: xxi, 315 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780816630745 (hc : alk. paper); 0816630747 (hc : alk. paper); 9780816630752 (pb : alk. paper); 0816630755 (pb : alk. paper).Subject(s): Political culture -- United States | Prophecy | United States -- Race relations | Prophecy in literature | Bible. O.T. -- PropheciesDDC classification: 306.2089/00973
Contents:
Introducing Jeremiah's legacy : placing prophecy in American politics and political theory -- Thoreau, the reluctant prophet : moral witness and poetic vision in politics -- Interlude : from Henry Thoreau to Martin Luther King Jr. and James Baldwin : race and prophecy -- Martin Luther King Jr.'s theistic prophecy : love, sacrifice, and democratic politics -- James Baldwin and the racial state of exception : secularizing prophecy? -- Toni Morrison and prophecy : "this is not a story to pass on" -- Conclusion : prophecy as vernacular political theology.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-292) and index.

Introducing Jeremiah's legacy : placing prophecy in American politics and political theory -- Thoreau, the reluctant prophet : moral witness and poetic vision in politics -- Interlude : from Henry Thoreau to Martin Luther King Jr. and James Baldwin : race and prophecy -- Martin Luther King Jr.'s theistic prophecy : love, sacrifice, and democratic politics -- James Baldwin and the racial state of exception : secularizing prophecy? -- Toni Morrison and prophecy : "this is not a story to pass on" -- Conclusion : prophecy as vernacular political theology.

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Shulman (New York Univ.) offers up a provocative analysis of prophecy in American Prophecy: Race and Redemption in American Political Culture. What is the role of prophecy? Does prophecy serve as a corrective on human behavior, a predictive model of what happens when man defies the will of God, or a tale essential to bolstering faith in a time of struggle? Shulman argues that American history supports a complex role for prophecy--Americans consistently acknowledge the moral imperative perceived to be at the root of prophetic declarations in American political culture. The use of moral force as an effective tool of persuasion rests on the assumption of prophecy as a legitimate part of the heritage of the US. Through a critical analysis of American prophets Henry Thoreau, Martin Luther King Jr., James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison, Shulman explores the multiple definitions of prophecy in the foundations of political change in US history. This is a challenging, exceptional work that is an excellent contribution to American political thought and African American studies. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. K. Anderson Eastern Illinois University

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