Longing for connection : entangled memories and emotional loss in early America
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Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2024.
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Book
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9781421448305, 1421448300
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378 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Adult (4th Floor) - Adult New Nonfiction
306.0973 Bur
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Published
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2024.
Street Date
2401
Language
English
ISBN
9781421448305, 1421448300

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"This work presents the first emotional history of the United States, analyzing the writings left behind by Americans in the decades leading from the Revolution to the Civil War in order to better grasp their private feelings, stored ambitions, and mortal fears"--,Provided by publisher.
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"Untangling the private feelings, ambitions, and fears of early Americans through their personal writings from the Revolution to the Civil War. Modern readers of history and biography unite around a seemingly straightforward question: What did it feel like to live in the past? In Longing for Connection, historian Andrew Burstein attempts to answer this question with a vigorous, nuanced emotional history of the United States from its founding to the Civil War. Through an examination of the letters, diaries, and other personal texts of the time, along with popular poetry and novels, Burstein shows us how early Americans expressed deep emotions through shared metaphors and borrowed verse in their longing for meaning and connection. He reveals how literate, educated Americans-both well-known and more obscure-expressed their feelings to each other and made attempts at humor, navigating an anxious world in which connection across spaces was difficult to capture. In studying the power of poetry and literature as expressions of inner life, Burstein conveys the tastes of early Americans and illustrates how emotions worked to fashion myths of epic heroes, such as the martyr Nathan Hale, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln. He also studies the public's fears of ocean travel, their racial blind spots, and their remarkable facility for political satire. Burstein questions why we seek a connection to the past and its emotions in the first place. America, he argues, is shaped by a persistent belief that the past is reachable and that its lessons remain intact, which represents a major obstacle in any effort to understand our national history. Burstein shows, finally, that modern readers exhibit a similar capacity for rationalization and that dire longing for connection across time and space as the people he studies"--,Provided by publisher.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Burstein, A. (2024). Longing for connection: entangled memories and emotional loss in early America . Johns Hopkins University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Burstein, Andrew. 2024. Longing for Connection: Entangled Memories and Emotional Loss in Early America. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Burstein, Andrew. Longing for Connection: Entangled Memories and Emotional Loss in Early America Johns Hopkins University Press, 2024.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Burstein, Andrew. Longing for Connection: Entangled Memories and Emotional Loss in Early America Johns Hopkins University Press, 2024.

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