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Learning One's Native TongueCitizenship, Contestation, and Conflict in America$
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Tracy B. Strong

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226623191

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226623368.001.0001

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To What Does One Awaken?

To What Does One Awaken?

(p.36) 2 To What Does One Awaken?
Learning One's Native Tongue

Tracy B. Strong

University of Chicago Press

As the country moves into the eighteenth century; it needs to find a substitute for the energies that shaped the Puritan experience. Jonathan Edwards works out a complex theology that rests virtuous citizenship on the fear of damnation. In a more secular vein; the fear of being in effect enslaved to the British Crown leads to the American Revolution; which will be justified on the grounds that America can show the world how to establish and maintain “good government from reflection and choice.” At first, property is the prerequisite for full citizenship but as the population (especially of artisans) expands, the ability to support oneself gains center stage. Thomas Paine is the central author here.

Keywords:   Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Jonathan Edwards, Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God, emotion versus reason and citizenship, conflicts with Native Americans, Thomas Jefferson, Boston Tea Party and a foundational touchstone, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Paine

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