The Meaning of America: Freedom and Religion

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The United States of America was founded on firm ideals of both the pursuit of happiness and a spirit of reverence. Through a close reading of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The May-Pole of Merry Mount," you can examine what some consider was a "culture war" between these two ideals in the early stages of the new nation. After giving a brief overview of the story, work with your readers through the text using the guided questions provided by this resource. 

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Pros

  • Includes a video seminar, where your class can watch participants engage in high-level discourse regarding the story
  • Well-constructed discussion questions
  • Text, guiding questions, and video excerpts structured clearly for instructor use
Cons

  • Text itself is a bit difficult - you may want to brief your class with background information as well as use a more guided, rather than independent, reading process