Karl Barth’s trip to America towards the end of his life is legendary. Legendary, because of its famous status among Barth fans, but also because of the largely fragmentary character of the accounts given of the trip. Jessica DeCou promises to rectify that latter predicament with her very exciting research project into that trip.
Barth arrived at a tumultuous moment in American history and found himself embroiled in some of the nation’s fiercest conflicts: touring prisons and inner city neighborhoods and meeting with communist groups, State and Defense Department staff, civil rights activists, business leaders, and White House officials – just to name a few. The book, therefore, will not only shed light on Barth’s later life and work, but also provide a snapshot of American culture in the early ‘60s – from the highest levels of government to the tourist cultures built along with and alongside the developing Interstate…
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