One of the characteristic idiosyncrasies of Americans is that they are always fretting about their identity. They are a people constantly asking themselves, what does it mean to be a “real American”?
There are certain literary figures we can instantly associate with the issue of American identity.
To Robert Ferguson, Calvinist roots lead European-Americans to see all punishments meted out to humans as righteous. Yet ultimate blame for our prisons is our own.
Blood Rituals: Consequences of Slavery in Two American Centuries, by Orlando Patterson
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