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Founding Fictions
by Jennifer R. Mercieca
University of Alabama Press, 2010
Paper: 978-0-8173-5734-4 | eISBN: 978-0-8173-8355-8 | Cloth: 978-0-8173-1690-7
Library of Congress Classification E302.1.M47 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.2

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
An extended analysis of how Americans imagined themselves as citizens between 1764 and 1845
 
Founding Fictions develops the concept of a “political fiction,” or a narrative that people tell about their own political theories, and analyzes how republican and democratic fictions positioned American citizens as either romantic heroes, tragic victims, or ironic partisans. By re-telling the stories that Americans have told themselves about citizenship, Mercieca highlights an important contradiction in American political theory and practice: that national stability and active citizen participation are perceived as fundamentally at odds.
 
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