English_1-17-08 - Read one book bible-turned to it for...

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Read one book – bible -turned to it for everything: personal conduct, history, political -Matthew  5:10-14 -image of city upon a hill: thought this landscape was to be their city -favorite passage of American presidents -“a city set on a hill cannot be hid.” Native-American “oral” -oral literature: similar to what is found in the bible -problem with oral literature is that it is fragile: it’s not recorded or set down. It’s passed  from speaker to listener. It’s very transient. Recorded ones are probably approximations. Settlers  considered themselves English not Americans Natural cycles of nature -how the seasons change -how this impact upon human life Arthur Schlesinger – advisor to president kennedy -wrote “Cycles of American History” -introductory essay Schlesinger talks about America in two different oppositions Experiment  Pessimism Despair Need for Grace Historical Realism Reason Experience Self-Doubt Destiny Optimism Presumption Predestination A-Historical
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