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Wharton, Matt 1 Bercovitch, Sacvan. The American Jeremiad. University of Wisconsin Press. 1978. Sacvan Bercovitch received his B.A. at Sir George Williams College, and his Ph.D. in English from Claremont Graduate School. He is a highly renowned professor of English and American Culture. Dr. Bercovitch taught at Brandeis, the University of California-San Diego, Columbia, and Harvard. Summary: The American Jeremiad, by Sacvan Bercovitch, is about the Puritan belief of “American exceptionalism” (Bercovitch xiii) and how this belief is incorrect. The American jeremiad is defined as “A mode of public exhortation that originated in the European pulpit, was transformed in both form and content by the New England Puritans, persisted through the eighteenth century, and helped sustain a national dream through two hundred years of turbulence and change. The American jeremiad was a ritual designed to join social criticism to spiritual renewal, public to private identity, the shifting 'signs of the
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