Raccoon John Smith: Frontier Kentucky's Most Famous Preacher

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University Press of Kentucky, 23 dic 2005 - 462 pagine
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Herman Melville is widely considered to be one of America's greatest authors, and countless literary theorists and critics have studied his life and work. However, political theorists have tended to avoid Melville, turning rather to such contemporaries as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau to understand the political thought of the American Renaissance. While Melville was not an activist in the traditional sense and his philosophy is notoriously difficult to categorize, his work is nevertheless deeply political in its own right. As editor Jason Frank notes in his introduction to A Political Companion to Herman Melville, Melville's writing "strikes a note of dissonance in the pre-established harmonies of the American political tradition."

This unique volume explores Melville's politics by surveying the full range of his work -- from Typee (1846) to the posthumously published Billy Budd (1924). The contributors give historical context to Melville's writings and place him in conversation with political and theoretical debates, examining his relationship to transcendentalism and contemporary continental philosophy and addressing his work's relevance to topics such as nineteenth-century imperialism, twentieth-century legal theory, the anti-rent wars of the 1840s, and the civil rights movement. From these analyses emerges a new and challenging portrait of Melville as a political thinker of the first order, one that will establish his importance not only for nineteenth-century American political thought but also for political theory more broadly.

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The author, John Sparks, relies heavily on the biography, The Life of Elder John Smith, by John Augustus Williams, a personal friend of John Smith, and to whom he told his life's story in 1870. Sparks ... Leggi recensione completa

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The author, John Sparks, relies heavily on the biography, The Life of Elder John Smith, by John Augustus Williams, a personal friend of John Smith, and to whom he told his life's story in 1870. Sparks ... Leggi recensione completa

Sommario

The Fatherland
1
Training in Christianity
29
Stages on Lifes Way
69
Sickness Unto Death
105
Truth and a Living
135
Why I Make Use of This Newspaper
189
The Attack Upon Christendom Part I THE MOMENT
243
The Attack Upon Christendom Part II THIS HAS TO BE SAID
293
The Repetition
329
A Concluding Unscientific Postscript
377
Notes
401
Bibliography
435
Index
445
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Stowe Dailey Shockey is a best-selling author and a gifted singer/songwriter. She had her first Top-10 in 1993 (“Leavin’s Been a Long Time Comin’”) with the group, Shenandoah. Her album, Angel Chants, was the inspirational soundtrack of Angel Stories, featured on TLC. Along with singing and speaking engagements, she is a volunteer music therapist for Alive Hospice and cancer clinics. She and her husband, Peter, have co-authored five books, including Journey of Light, the story of her own troubled childhood. Her latest book is Flying High: A True Story of Shared Inspiration.

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