By Brook Thomas

As questions of citizenship generate new debates for this new release of american citizens, Brook Thomas argues for revitalizing the position of literature in civic schooling. Thomas defines civic myths as compelling tales approximately nationwide foundation, club, and values which are generated by way of conflicts in the notion of citizenship itself. chosen works of literature, he claims, paintings on those myths by way of not easy their phrases even as that they paintings with them by way of hoping on the ability of narrative to supply compelling new stories.

Civic Myths comprises 4 case experiences: Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and "the stable citizen"; Edward Everett Hale's "The guy with out a state" and "the patriotic citizen"; Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and "the self sustaining citizen"; and Maxine Hong Kingston's China Men and "the immigrant citizen." Thomas additionally offers research of the civic mythology surrounding Abraham Lincoln and the case of Ex parte Milligan. attractive present debates approximately civil society, civil liberties, civil rights, and immigration, Thomas attracts at the complexities of legislations and literature to probe the complexities of U.S. citizenship.

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