National Cathedral honors civil rights activists slain in Alabama

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JonDanielsbustOn August 16, 2015, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. will unveil a bust of civil rights activist Jonathan Myrick “Jon” Daniels, shot by a vigilante in Hayneville on August 20, 1965. The bust of Daniels joins those of Rosa Parks and Mother Theresa on the cathedral’s Human Rights Porch.

9780817310691A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and an Episcopalian student of divinity, Daniels and three companions joined a picket line in Fort Deposit on August 14, 1965, just eight days after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law. Lowndes County law enforcement officials jailed the four for four days, only to release them on August 20. Minutes later, a man with a shotgun approached the group, killed Daniels, and wounded activist Richard Morrisroe.

University of Mississippi historian Charles Eagles tells the story of Daniels’ life and death and Alabama’s dangerous summer of 1965 in UAP’s definitive Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama.

Exploring the role of demonology in American war culture

Hunt the Devil is a timely and illuminating exploration of demonic imagery in US war culture. In it, Robert L. Ivie and Oscar Giner examine the origins of the Devil figure in the national psyche and review numerous examples from US history of the demonization of America’s perceived opponents. Their analysis demonstrates that American military deployments are often part of a cycle of mythical projection wherein the Devil repeatedly appears anew and must be exorcised through redemptive acts of war, even at the cost of curtailing democratic values.Jkt_Ivie_mktg

Meticulously researched, documented, and argued, Hunt the Devil opens with contemporary images of the United States’ global war on terror in the aftermath of 9/11. In five chapters devoted to the demonization of evildoers, witches, Indians, dictators, and Reds by American writers in presidential rhetoric and in popular culture, Ivie and Giner show how the use of demonization in the war on terror is only the most recent manifestation of a process that has recurred throughout American history.

In the sixth chapter, the authors introduce the archetype of the Trickster. Though not aligned in direct opposition to the Devil, the Trickster’s democratic impulses have often provided a corrective antidote to the corrosive and distorting effects of demonization. Invoking the framework of Carl Jung’s shadow aspect, Hunt the Devil offers the Trickster as a figure who can break the cycle of demonization and war.

The role of the mythic Devil in the American psyche has profound implications, not just for American diplomacy and the use of American arms in the world, but for the possibility of domestic peace within an increasingly diverse society. Hunt the Devil provides much of interest to readers and scholars in the fields of war, rhetorical studies, American Studies, US political culture, Jungian psychology, and mythography.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Robert L. Ivie is a professor emeritus of American studies and communication and culture at Indiana University. He is the author of Democracy and America’s War on Terror. Oscar Giner is a professor of theatre and film at Arizona State University. He is at work on a booklength cultural history of the Scarface films and their relations to American identity, gangsterism, and hiphop culture.

PRAISE FOR HUNT THE DEVIL

“The Devil theme in American political discourse is a hugely important topic. Far too little has been written about it by responsible scholars, so Hunt the Devil is a welcome addition to an all-too-small literature. The book is current and takes full account of the post- 9/11 world. It also focuses on the link between internal and external evil, a very important theme in US history that has received far too scant attention. Finally, it enlivens rigorous, well-documented scholarship with politically engaged prose. Most books in this area do one or the other, while Ivie and Giner blend the two with great skill. I know of no other book that does all these things. An impressive achievement.”
–Ira Chernus, author of American Nonviolence: The History of an Idea and Monsters to Destroy: The Neoconservative War on Terror and Sin

“Ivie and Giner’s Hunt the Devil provides an excellent and original analysis of the role of demonology in American history and politics, and a comprehensive and well-grounded analysis of specific figures and sites of demonology, encompassing evildoers, witches, Indians, dictators, Reds, and tricksters, all interpreted as impediments to democracy, which the authors champion.”
–Douglas Kellner, author of Cinema Wars: Hollywood Film and Politics in the Bush-Cheney Era and Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy: Terrorism, War, and Election Battles

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The Spanish world’s first great experiment with liberalism

In March 1812, while Napoleon’s brother Joseph sat on the throne of Spain and the armies of France occupied much of the country, legislators elected from Spain and its overseas territories met in the Andalusian city of Cádiz. There, as the cornerstone of a government in exile, they drafted and adopted the first liberal constitution in the Hispanic w9780817318567orld, a document that became known as the Cádiz Constitution of 1812.

The 1812 Constitution was extremely influential in and beyond Europe, and this collection of essays explores how its enduring legacy not only shaped the history of state-building, elections, and municipal governance in Iberian America, but also affected national identities and citizenship as well as the development of race and gender in the region.

A bold blueprint for governing a global, heterogeneous monarchy, the Constitution represented a rupture with Spain’s Antiguo Régimen (Old Regime) in numerous ways–in the limits it placed on the previously autocratic Bourbon monarchs, in the admission to its governing bodies of deputies from Spain’s American viceroyalties as equals, and in its framers’ vociferous debate over the status of castas (those of mixed ancestry) and slaves. The Rise of Constitutional Government in the Iberian Atlantic World covers these issues and adopts a transatlantic perspective that recovers the voices of those who created a vibrant political culture accessible to commoners and elite alike.

The bicentenary of the Constitution of 1812 offered scholars an excellent moment to reexamine the form and role of constitutions across the Spanish-speaking world. Constitutionalism remains a topic of intense debate in Latin America, while contemporary Spain itself continues to seek ways to balance a strong central government with centripetal forces in its regions, notably the Basque and Catalan provinces. The multifaceted essays compiled here by Scott Eastman and Natalia Sobrevilla Perea both shed new light on the early, liberal Hispanic societies and show how the legacies of those societies shape modern Spain and Latin America.

ABOUT THE EDITORS

Scott Eastman is an associate professor of transnational history at Creighton University. He is the author of Preaching Spanish Nationalism across the Hispanic Atlantic, 1759-1823. His research interests focus on the intersection of identity, colonialism, and culture in the nineteenth-century Hispanic-Atlantic world. Natalia Sobrevilla Perea is a senior lecturer at the University of Kent at Canterbury. She is the author of The Caudillo of the Andes: Andrés de Santa Cruz. Currently, she is leading a project to digitize nineteenth-century regional newspapers from Peru.

PRAISE FOR THE RISE OF CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT IN THE IBERIAN ATLANTIC WORLD

“This significant collection brings together essays from leading international scholars on the Spanish world’s first great experiment with liberalism. Their contributions approach the book’s subject from an impressive range of geographical, thematic, and chronological angles. The greatest of the many merits of this book is that contributors examine the Constitution of 1812 in the context of these historical events, not just as an abstract political document. By showing such great sensitivity to the local situations in which the Constitution was implemented and appropriated on the ground, this very nuanced collection reveals the many meanings and outcomes of the constitutional experiment.”
–Rafe Blaufarb, author of Bonapartists in the Borderlands: French Exiles and Refugees on the Gulf Coast, 1815-1835 and The French Army, 1750-1820: Careers, Talent, Merit

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Atlantic Crossings

Rafe Blaufarb, series editor

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