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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
 
Part political history, part rhetorical criticism, Founding Fictions is an extended analysis of how Americans imagined themselves as citizens between 1764 and 1845. It critically re-interrogates our fundamental assumptions about a government based upon the will of the people, with profound implications for our ability to assess democracy today.
 

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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