Author Talk, Public Program City on a Hill: A History of American Exceptionalism registration required 11 March 2020.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:00PM There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Abram C. Van Engen, Washington University in St. Louis There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members, EBT or ConnectorCare cardholders).

Abram Van Engen shows how the phrase “City on a hill,” from a 1630 sermon by Massachusetts Bay governor John Winthrop, shaped the story of American exceptionalism in the 20th Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/city_on_a_hill_book_cover.jpgcentury. By tracing the strange history of Winthrop’s speech, from total obscurity in its own day to pervasive use in modern politics, Van Engen reveals the way national stories take shape and shows us how those tales continue to influence competing visions of the country—the many different meanings of America that emerge from a preservation of its literary past.