Civic Myths: A Law-and-literature Approach to Citizenship

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UNC Press Books, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 298 pages
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As questions of citizenship generate new debates for this generation of Americans, Thomas argues for revitalizing the role of literature in civic education. He considers 4 case studies in which individuals are presented in literature as "the good citizen,
  

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Contents

Working onwith Civic Myths
1
The Good Citizen Transgression and Civil Society
27
The Patriotic Citizen Lincoln and Civil Liberties
55
Civil Liberties v Civil Rights
102
The Independent Citizen Mugwumpery and Civil Rights
125
The Immigrant Citizen Wong Kim Ark and Civil Talk
177
Keeping Discussions of US Citizenship Open
215
Notes
239
Index
287
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Brook Thomas, Chancellor's Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, has written five books, including American Literary Realism and the Failed Promise of Contract.

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