By William Huntting Howell
Individualism is arguably the main very important guiding principle of yankee nationwide identification: American cultural heroes are usually mavericks and nonconformists, and independence is the fulcrum of the yank beginning tale. yet within the past due eighteenth and early 19th centuries, a few American artists, writers, and academic philosophers solid imitation and emulation as critical to the associated tasks of imagining the self and consolidating the country. Tracing continuities among literature, fabric tradition, and pedagogical idea, William Huntting Howell uncovers an the United States that celebrated the virtues of humility, contingency, and connection to a fancy complete over ambition and distinction.
Against Self-Reliance revalues and rethinks what it intended to be repetitive, by-product or pointedly frequent within the early republic and past. Howell attracts on such diversified resources as Benjamin Franklin's courses for ethical reform, Phillis Wheatley's devotional poetry, David Rittenhouse's cash and astronomical machines, Benjamin Rush's mental and political thought, Susanna Rowson's schoolbooks, and the novels of Charles Brockden Brown and Herman Melville to tease out styles of dependence in early the United States. With its incisive critique of America's storied heroic individualism, Against Self-Reliance argues that the humanities of dependence were—and are—critical to the venture of yankee independence.
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Against Self-Reliance: The Arts of Dependence in the Early United States (Early American Studies) by William Huntting Howell