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Interview w/Steven Green: Inventing a Christian America

When did Americans start making the claim that the United States was founded as a Christian nation? Why has this myth been so appealing? Dave Krueger talks with Steven K. 92 more words


The Legend of the Corn Maidens

According to tradition, Corn Maidens were created in the palm of the right hand of the Great Spirit as guides for the people of the Earth. 280 more words

American Myths

The fungibility of frontier females

One of the woes of American women is the influence, not to the good, of frontier culture.  To sprinkle some evolutionary psychology sprinkles on it, on the frontier, women are fungible and men are individual.   190 more words


Myth and Countermyth

Today David Brooks tells us about the American foundational myth depicted on the dome of the Library of Congress.

It starts with a figure representing Egypt (written records) and then continues through Judea (religion), Greece (philosophy), Islam (physics), Italy (the fine arts), Germany (printing), Spain (discovery), England (literature), France (emancipation) and it culminates with America (science). 531 more words


Rock stealers confess in beautiful book.

I am a rock thief. I left Iceland with pebbles in my pocket, black lava stones that had been smoothed by the ocean, pieces of wild nature that fit into my palm. 201 more words