This new history is the first to tell the story of Magna Carta ‘through the ages’. No other general work traces its continuing importance in England’s political consciousness. Many books have examined the circumstances surrounding King John’s grant of Magna Carta in 1215. Very few trace the Charter’s legacy to subsequent centuries and even fewer look at the fate of the physical document. Turner also underlines its great influence outside the United Kingdom, especially in North America. Today, the Charter enjoys greater prestige in the United States, the land of lawyers, than in Britain. U.S. citizens claim Magna Carta as a source of their liberties, guaranteeing ‘due process of law’ and condemning ‘executive privilege’.
Bridging literature and history, this reader provides a richly textured pen-portrait of the nineteenth century in America. It includes more than 550 pages of essays, travels, sketches, poems, stories, autobiography, memoirs, and speeches. M. Thomas Inge, Professor of English at Randolph-Macon College, edited this fine volume in the series published by the U.S. Information Agency in 1988. The readings fit into four main headings -- "Geographic Expansion and National Character," "Transcendental Inquiry and Individual Conscience," "Internal Dissension and Sense of Union," and "Industrial Triumph and Confrontation with Reality." There's much on the frontier, progress, disunion, and industrialization, and much on their discontents. The reader will encounter many familiar names -- Irving, Twain, Emerson, Thoreau, Holmes, Hawthorne, Whitman, Melville, Dickinson, Greeley, Garrison, Lincoln, Lee, Bryan, Riis, Barnum, Carnegie, Harte, and Henry James among them -- but to develop themes, Professor Inge presented many of their less-well-known pieces.
American Culture is an anthology of primary, documentary texts of American civilisation using excerpts from speeches, political addresses, articles, interviews, oral histories, autobiographies, advertisements and song lyrics. Edited by academics who are highly experienced in the study and teaching of American Studies across a wide range of institutions.
"American Culture" is an anthology of primary, documentary texts of American civilisation using excerpts from speeches, political addresses, articles, interviews, oral histories, autobiographies, advertisements and song lyrics. Edited by academics who are highly experienced in the study and teaching of American Studies across a wide range of institutions.
"The British Migrant Experience 1700-2000" is a wide-ranging collection of first person accounts together with introductory essays, capturing varied aspects of the British migrant story from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Building on recent interest in the social, psychological and historical aspects of population movement within and into mainland Britain, this anthology contributes to the current debate on British national identities, and introduces readers to aspects of imperial and colonial history, the history of autobiography and self-narration, and post-colonial literature.