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This is not a book on race but uses that experience to raise questions affirmation of difference: build up strengths and then rebut not the idea of throwing out an argument but hearing the argument and possibly accepting some critique American myths are not necessarily false stories but lend meaning There are ways that we can respond to the Creed that is damaging to the republic Cynical response: so critical that you tend not to allow for a positive development of it Absolutist response: 3 periods: time of the founding, Civil War, 1960s Sites of fecundity: periods in America's history that can become key to how we understand ourselves as a nation African American critique is not the only form of critique but it is the perspective that Hughes takes on Myth #1 – Chosen Nation Chosenness has religious roots American Exceptionalism: we are called to play an important and critical role within the world a theme that has its root in the Old Testament William Tyndale: connected to the Reformation The idea of covenant and chosenness became huge through his influence The biblical idea of chosenness is that you are the elect, not the elite Tyndale never claimed that England was God's chosen people but applied the theme of covenant to the nation itself Is the covenant theme of the Bible meant to apply to other nations outside of Ancient Israel? It's not uncommon to take the theme of the chosen nation and applying it in different ways Roger Williams (p. 32) is one of the people who is critical of the theme of the chosen people typically known as the father of the baptist church Harriet Tubman Black Moses was a nickname Focuses on the Old Testament as the background primarily Myth #2 – Nature's Nation tends to be ahistorical* chosenness regarding ever since the very beginning and not looking at yourself critically in history

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