Warscapes on 'A Shadow over Palestine': A different kind of future.
The United States' founders were taken with the idea that they were building a New Jerusalem. Rhetoric of a City on the Hill animated the state-building project, particularly during what some historians call the colonial era. Such symbolism, and the shared tropes of settler-colonial land redemption, have ensured for Palestine a long history in the life of the United States.
But from 1960 onward, argues Keith Feldman, Palestine and struggles over Palestine got caught up in nearly revolutionary revolts in the United States around civil rights, Black Power, the war on Vietnam, and the meaning of democracy under racial capitalism.