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托福TPO-41 Lecture 2-2

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Remember, the United States had only declared its independence from Britain 16 years earlier, and had yet to form a national identity.

别忘了,美国那时距离宣布从英国独立出来才过了16年,还尚未形成一个民族认同。
Pintard also had a hand in helping to create Independence Day, you know, July 4th, as a national holiday.
Pintard还参与了帮忙把7月14日独立日定为国庆日。
So you see that he was very involved in creating sort of a, a national story for Americans.
所以你们看,他在创造一种美国人的国家故事方面牵扯很深。
And Columbus, he felt Columbus could become a story that Americans could tell each other about their national origins that was outside of the British colonial context.
至于Columbus,他感觉Columbus可以成为美国人互相讲述他们的国家起源的一个故事,一个在英国殖民背景之外的故事。
The United States was in search of a national identity, and its people wanted heroes.
那时的美国正在寻找一种民族认同,而它的人民需要英雄。
But why not some of the leaders of the revolution? You know, like George Washington.
但是为什么不用一些革命领导人呢?比如George Washington。
The leaders of the revolution were the natural candidates to be heroes, but many were still alive and didn’t want the job.
革命领导人自然是被塑造成英雄的候选人,但他们很多人那时还活着,而且不想要这个头衔。
To them, being raised to hero status was undemocratic, so Columbus became the hero.
对他们来说,被提升到英雄的地位是非民主的,于是Columbus就成为了这个英雄。
And the link between Columbus and the United States took hold.
而Columbus和美国之间的这种联系确立了下来。

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independence [.indi'pendəns]

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n. 独立,自主,自立

 
context ['kɔntekst]

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n. 上下文,环境,背景

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revolution [.revə'lu:ʃən]

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n. 革命,旋转,转数

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status ['steitəs]

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n. 地位,身份,情形,状况

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identity [ai'dentiti]

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n. 身份,一致,特征

 

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