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The Meaning of America: How the United States Became the City on a Hill
Abram Van Engen, Washington University

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Is America Still the ‘Shining City on a Hill’? (Review)
Author(s): David Frum
Publication: The Atlantic
Date: 1/5/2021
Abstract: A glowing review of the book in The Atlantic by senior editor David Frum.
Link: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/01/is-america-still-the-shining-city-on-a-hill/617474/

From Church to City to Nation, a Beacon of Freedom (Review)
Author(s): Barton Swaim
Publication: The Wall Street Journal
Date: 2/21/2020
Abstract: Review of the book in The Wall Street Journal
Link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/politics-from-church-to-city-to-nation-a-beacon-of-freedom-11582327412

A Conversation With The Author Of 'City On A Hill: A History Of American Exceptionalism' (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Sarah Fenske
Publication: St. Louis On the Air (St. Louis Public Radio)
Date: 3/5/2020
Abstract: When a country’s origin story is developed, whose stories get highlighted and whose get erased? How do we foster the ideals of a nation while recognizing that some perspectives have been trampled during the nation’s history? Abram Van Engen is an associate professor of English and the interim director of American Culture Studies at Washington University. Credit EVIE HEMPHILL | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO Abram Van Engen is an associate professor of English and the interim director of American Culture Studies at Washington University. These are among several questions Abram Van Engen explores in his new book, “City on a Hill: A History of American Exceptionalism,” which examines the 1630 City on a Hill sermon by Massachusetts Bay Gov. John Winthrop. On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, Sarah Fenske talked with Van Engen about how the sermon went from being lost to history for two centuries to being invoked by politicians on both sides of the aisle. They also discussed the conflict between
Link: https://news.stlpublicradio.org/show/st-louis-on-the-air/2020-03-05/a-conversation-with-the-author-of-city-on-a-hill-a-history-of-american-exceptionalism

City on a Hill (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Chris Babits
Publication: New Books Network
Date: 5/7/2020
Abstract: Abram Van Engen is an Associate Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis. Van Engen’s research examines early American literature, the history of emotions, Puritanism, collective memory, and American Exceptionalism. His latest book is City on a Hill: A History of American Exceptionalism (2020), published by Yale University Press. In it, Van Engen offers a fascinating examination of John Winthrop’s A Model of Christian Charity, noting how this sermon was relatively unknown before the middle of the twentieth century. Yet, as he demonstrates by the end of the book, various historical actors, from nineteenth century antiquarians and Harvard academics to most famously Ronald Reagan, have made Winthrop’s phrase “city on a hill” an essential part of the nation’s political lexicon.
Link: https://newbooksnetwork.com/abram-van-engen-city-on-a-hill-a-history-of-american-exceptionalism-yale-up-2020

City on a Hill: From John Winthrop to Donald Trump (Review)
Author(s): John Turner
Publication: Patheos
Date: 3/12/2020
Abstract: Review of the book on popular website.
Link: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/anxiousbench/2020/03/city-on-a-hill-from-john-winthrop-to-donald-trump/

Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama All Cited One Puritan Sermon to Explain America (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Ryan Hoselton
Publication: Christianity Today
Date: 9/17/2020
Abstract: Magazine interview with me about the book.
Link: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2020/september-web-only/abram-van-engen-city-hill-winthrop-american-exceptionalism.html?fbclid=IwAR0k5fGAEah3sl6DdHxgNtXXreCBC1Z6LIxOvFdX1-Bm4GK4esp2DsAMmrA

Christian Humanist Profiles Podcast: City on a hill (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Nathan Gilmour
Publication: Christian Humanist Profiles Podcast
Date: 9/14/2020
Abstract: Interview with me about the book for the podcast.
Link: http://www.christianhumanist.org/2020/09/christian-humanist-profiles-198-a-city-on-a-hill/

City on a Hill (Media Coverage)
Author(s): David Henreckson
Publication: Call and Character Podcast
Date: 10/20/2020
Abstract: Interview with me about the book for the podcast.
Link: https://anchor.fm/callandcharacter/episodes/On-American-Exceptionalism-Abram-Van-Engen-elba0v


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