By Richard J. Carwardine
"A booklet of unusual importance, Evangelicals and Politics in Antebellum the US compels us to reconsider the motives for the Civil conflict and once more position the ethical factor of slavery on the middle of the matter". -- Bertram Wyatt-Brown, magazine of Southern History"This beautifully researched and expertly written e-book makes a sign contribution to American background in addition to to the heritage of religion". -- Mark Noll, Christianity Today"Carwardine's booklet is an immense contribution to our figuring out of pre-Civil conflict politics.... Few, after studying this subtle account, will deny the $64000 function evangelicals performed in shaping mid-nineteenth-century American political culture".-Curtis D. Johnson, American historic ReviewThis ebook, first released in 1993 to nice acclaim, examines the connection among evangelical Protestant piety and political existence within the severe 20 years sooner than the Civil conflict. it's the first examine to deal with without delay the questions of the way successfully evangelicals engaged in secular politics, how a long way they shaped American political tradition and celebration advancements, and the way instrumental they have been in shaping the strains of sectional antagonism.Richard Carwardine explores the complicated personality of the evangelical stream and its effect in the course of the antebellum period. He unearths how evangelicals, either North and South, re-inforced the force towards two-party, opposed politics through encouraging vote casting and dependable citizenship, pressuring politicians, and forcing questions of schooling, the removing of local american citizens, conflict, drink, and, principally, slavery onto the political time table. This booklet is going extra than any past research to argue that faith was once thecoin of politics within the early 1800s and that the roots of the Civil warfare lay in non secular in addition to secular components.
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Evangelicals' faith in democratic republicanism ran far deeper than their defensive, con servative reaction to the social changes of the first half of the nineteenth century might suggest. What caused concern were the excrescences and perversions of the political system, not its basic principles. A chorus of voices that included Thomas H. Skinner, influential east-coast Pres byterian, and Leonidas L. Hamline, Methodist editor and bishop, extolled the American democratic experiment and attributed the nation's prosperity to the placing of supreme power in the hands of a popular majority.
Tenants of Ireland,” “ the vassals of Spanish and Turkish domination,” " th e . . " It was a common refrain that America's function was to provide “ a monument and pattern of liberty” that would "spread joy over the whole earth,” secure "the world's en19 f Evangelicals and Politics in Antebellum America franchisement," lead the nations to peace, prosperity, and civil and religious freedom, and thwart the ambitions of despots who prayed the American experiment would fail. These evangelicals offered a new variation on an established theme, encapsulated in Bela B.
Some years later Erastus O. Haven accepted the nomination for the Re publican ticket for the Massachusetts Senate on condition that he would not have to electioneer. As these instances suggest, although most evangelical candidates were laymen, preachers too stood before the electorate. Disproportionate attention in historical writing to ministers' involvement in the Know Nothing movement in the early and mid1850s has tended to obscure the persistence of their political ambitions in local, state, and national arenas throughout the antebellum period.
Evangelicals Politics: Antebellum America by Richard J. Carwardine