By Terence Martin
A mirrored image of the yankee psyche as published in US literature and politics, this learn publications the reader via centuries of yankee literary background. It examines the rising American kingdom and the subject matter of latest beginnings utilized by American writers of their look for a countrywide identification.
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37 Willing to overlook nothing in getting his history properly told, Knickerbocker’s strategy is to relate Genesis, the Flood, and the discovery of the New World to the city of New York—something he does by means of a parade of pedantry and a relentless deadpan logic. After claiming that he will reclaim the vanishing past of the city, Knickerbocker turns to what seem remote periods of time. Book 1 of A History of New-York (overlooked by most readers in favor of more anthologized satirical portraits) parodies Thomas Prince’s Chronological History in several ways, principally by relating cosmogony to the Dutch colony of which Knickerbocker is writing.
62 Waldseemüller may have become aware that Vespucci’s claims were not credited by experts; he omitted the name “America” from a second global map he issued in 1516. But the name stuck, perhaps for the linguistic reasons explored by Harold Jantz or the psychological reasons suggested by William G. 63 When Mercator added it to the northern portion of his double cordiform map in 1535, he was both validating and extending the province of a name that had received general acceptance in Europe since it was given.
60 All things, of course, are possible. But some seem unlikely. One may as well indulge the wit of Garrison Keillor as contest seriously the name of the nation. ” Compounding the error, the place was named after another Italian, “who never saw the New World. . By rights, it should be called Erica, after Eric the Red. The United States of Erica. ”61 Although no one has performed “Erica the Beautiful,” patriotic song can have a powerful effect in validating the identity of a country. If the matter of a national name was not concluded by default in the final decades of the eighteenth century (and one logical alternative not effectively ruled out when New Granada became Grand Colombia in 1819), it was surely ratified by patriotic ritual when Samuel Francis Smith’s “America” was sung at a Fourth of July celebration in Boston in 1831.