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By George Shulman

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Prophecy is the basic idiom of yankee politics—a biblical rhetoric approximately redeeming the crimes, affliction, and promise of a unique humans. but American prophecy and its nice practitioners—from Frederick Douglass and Henry Thoreau to Martin Luther King, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison—are hardly ever addressed, not to mention analyzed, by means of political theorists. This paradox is on the middle of yank Prophecy, a piece during which George Shulman unpacks and reviews the political which means of yank prophetic rhetoric. within the face of non secular fundamentalisms that affiliate prophecy and redemption with dogmatism and domination, American Prophecy reveals connections among prophetic language and democratic politics, really racial politics. Exploring how American critics of white supremacy have again and again remodeled biblical prophecy, Shulman demonstrates how those writers and thinkers have reworked prophecy right into a political language and given redemption a political that means. to check how antiracism is associated with prophecy as a vernacular idiom is to reconsider political theology, recast democratic concept, and think again the bearing of faith on American political tradition. nonetheless, prophetic language isn't really consistently liberatory, and American Prophecy keeps a severe dispassion a couple of rhetoric that's either well-known and frustrating.

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Standing “with the slave” also means “standing with God . . [and] in the name of humanity which is outraged, in the name of liberty which is fettered, in the name of the Constitution and the Bible which are disregarded and trampled upon,” to “question and denounce . . ” Using a jeremiad to announce that American freedom depends on slavery and to bear witness against this injustice and its disavowal by whites, he also warns of the danger they bring on themselves: “Fellow-citizens . . Be warned!

33 Bellah himself quotes Herman Melville’s famous performance of this nationalism: Escaped from the house of bondage, Israel of old did not follow after the ways of the Egyptians. . And we Americans are the peculiar, chosen people—the Israel of our time; we bear the ark of the liberties of the world. 34 As Rogin argues, this messianic project, of extending freedom to “political pagans,” takes jeremiadic form: “Since the Puritan founding, American history has proceeded by consciousness of decline from the faith of the founders and efforts at heroic renewal.

From the four corners of the earth” (Isa. 11:11–12). Crushing the empires by which he once punished them, God makes “a highway for the remnant of his people, as it was to Israel in the day he came up out of Egypt” (Isa. 11:16). For Jeremiah, a “remnant” redeemed from exile will make a “new covenant” that “circumcises the heart”: I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which covenant they broke, though I was a husband unto them.

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