City on a Hill: A History of American Exceptionalism
City on a Hill: A History of American Exceptionalism by Abram C, Van Engen
This book shows how the phrase "city on a hill" -- which came from a 1630 sermon by Massachusetts Bay governor John Winthrop -- shaped the story of American exceptionalism in the twentieth century. By examining the status and use of Winthrop's speech throughout history, Van Engen leads us to reevaluate our national narrative.
This sermon's rags-to-riches history reveals how national stories take shape and develop influence.
Hardcover with dust jacket. 379 pages. Includes several illustrations, extensive end notes, and a detailed index.