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Stephen Prothero applies a unique analytic model for text selection in his anthology The American Bible Whose America Is This At the center of Protheros model is his nuanced definition of Americanness for him one is not required to agree with a set of propositions that define national identity Instead an American is one who is willing to argue about these propositions Protheros model is reducible to two components a text worthy of entry into the American canon must attempt to define the character of America and it must generate controversy Prothero structured his anthology along the lines of the Bible for his section on Lamentations he selected Abraham Lincolns Gettysburg Address and he included a sampling of names from Maya Lins Vietnam Veterans Memorial The Book of Lamentations is the dirge of dirges the heart-rending lament with which the author expresses for the exiled Jerusalemites gives one pause for thought how much emotional pain can a people bare before hope is lost Using Protheros analytic model Upton Sinclairs 1906 classic The Jungle should be included among Protheros other selections for his section on Lamentations because it exceeds the parameters delineated by his analytic modelOnly some of the documents contained in The American Bible are reproduced in their entirety If one is to seriously consider The Jungle for inclusion in the anthology logistical constraints must be taken into account Americans characteristically misunderstood the larger significance of Sinclairs novel The Junglewas written as a socialist expos whose central aim was to cast capitalist industrialization in the worst possibly light Focused on the socioeconomic dislocation and immobility of a family of Lithuanian immigrants Sinclair famously noted that he aimed for the publics heart and by accident he hit it in the stomach Instead of stirring up discussion about class struggle and the plight of immigrant urban industrial workers Sinclairs novel acted as a catalyst for major safety reforms to the meatpacking industry in the United States since
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