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Myths America Lives By: White Supremacy and the Stories That Give Us Meaning

Richard T. Hughes


The first edition of Myths America Lives By explores five Great American Myths—the Chosen Nation, Nature’s Nation, the Christian Nation, the Millennial Nation, and the Innocent Nation. This revised edition introduces a sixth myth—the myth of White Supremacy—and argues, first, that the myth of white supremacy is the primal American myth that informs all the others and, second, that one of the chief functions of the other five myths is to protect and obscure the myth of white supremacy, to hide it from our awareness, and to assure us that we remain innocent after all. With one chapter devoted to ... More

Keywords: Great American Myths, Chosen Nation, Nature’s Nation, Christian Nation, Millennial Nation, Innocent Nation, White Supremacy, manifest destiny, American dream, capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042065
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042065.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard T. Hughes, author
Messiah College