By William Huntting Howell
Individualism is arguably the main important guiding principle of yank nationwide id: American cultural heroes are typically mavericks and nonconformists, and independence is the fulcrum of the yankee beginning tale. yet within the overdue eighteenth and early 19th centuries, a few American artists, writers, and academic philosophers solid imitation and emulation as primary to the associated initiatives of imagining the self and consolidating the state. Tracing continuities among literature, fabric tradition, and pedagogical idea, William Huntting Howell uncovers an the US that celebrated the virtues of humility, contingency, and connection to a fancy entire over ambition and distinction.
Against Self-Reliance revalues and rethinks what it intended to be repetitive, spinoff or pointedly normal within the early republic and past. Howell attracts on such assorted assets 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 conception, 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 undertaking 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