Americans have always put the past to political ends. The Union
laid claim to the Revolution--so did the Confederacy. Civil rights
leaders said they were the true sons of liberty--so did Southern
segregationists. This book tells the story of the centuries-long
struggle over the meaning of the nation's founding, including the
battle waged by the Tea Party, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and
evangelical Christians to "take back America."
Jill Lepore, Harvard historian and "New Yorker" staff writer,
offers a wry and bemused look at American history according to the
far right, from the "rant heard round the world," which launched
the Tea Party, to the Texas School Board's adoption of a
social-studies curriculum that teaches that the United States was
established as a Christian nation. Along the way, she provides rare
insight into the eighteenth-century struggle for independence--the
real one, that is. Lepore traces the roots of the far right's
reactionary history to the bicentennial in the 1970s, when no one
could agree on what story a divided nation should tell about its
unruly beginnings. Behind the Tea Party's Revolution, she argues,
lies a nostalgic and even heartbreaking yearning for an imagined
past--a time less troubled by ambiguity, strife, and uncertainty--a
yearning for an America that never was.
"The Whites of Their Eyes" reveals that the far right has
embraced a narrative about America's founding that is not only a
fable but is also, finally, a variety of
fundamentalism--anti-intellectual, antihistorical, and dangerously
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