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This Violent EmpireThe Birth of an American National Identity$
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Carroll Smith-Rosenberg

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832967

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9780807832967.001.0001

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The Drums of War / The Thrust of Empire

The Drums of War / The Thrust of Empire

(p.47) Prologue One The Drums of War / The Thrust of Empire
This Violent Empire

Carroll Smith-Rosenberg

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes Reverend Timothy Dwight's valedictory address to the Yale graduating class of 1776. Dwight espoused his vision of revolution, the future of the newly born nation, and the perfectibility all mankind. Refuting the hard realities weighing so heavily upon the new nation, he urged Yale's graduates to soar with him on the wings of patriotic rhetoric, to willingly suspend their disbelief, and imagine their politically divided and war-torn composite of states as “the greatest empire the hand of time ever raised up to view.”

Keywords:   Timothy Dwight, Yale, valedictory address, speech, revolution

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