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The American Foundation Myth in Vietnam: Reigning Paradigms and Raining Bombs William W. Cobb Jr.

The American Foundation Myth in Vietnam: Reigning Paradigms and Raining Bombs

William W. Cobb Jr.

Published October 1st 1998
ISBN : 9780761812081
Hardcover
226 pages
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The American Foundation Myth in Vietnam deals with how the results of the Vietnam War challenged the long-standing belief in Americas role in the world as a unique nation favored by God that carries a global responsibility with it. The authorMoreThe American Foundation Myth in Vietnam deals with how the results of the Vietnam War challenged the long-standing belief in Americas role in the world as a unique nation favored by God that carries a global responsibility with it. The author disputes the commonly held belief that America discarded this foundation myth, developed out of John Winthrops idea of a city on a hill, following Vietnam. He reexamines the myth in the context of American history to show that the country still firmly attaches itself to the rhetoric of the foundation myth. The analysis divides Americans into one group that believes Americas mission cannot be fulfilled without active involvement on the global stage, and one that maintains that its mythic goals are fulfilled most effectively by developing itself as the worlds model for freedom and democracy. The tension created between these perspectives creates a dynamic and durable quality that fuels the power of the foundation myth even after a seemingly destructive event such as the Vietnam War.