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Identifying the Image of God: Radical Christians and Nonviolent Power in the Antebellum United States

Dan McKanan


This book traces the development of a theology of nonviolence in the popular literature of antebellum social reform movements. Between 1820 and 1860, American social reformers pioneered a “politics of identification” that was deeply rooted in liberal Christian theology. Activists like William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass, along with sentimental authors like Catharine Sedgwick and Harriet Beecher Stowe, drew on the doctrine of the imago dei, or image of God, to argue that God is present both in the victims of violence and in those who use nonviolent means to overcome oppression. This p ... More

Keywords: Douglass, Garrison, Imago Dei, nonviolence, popular literature, Radical Christian Liberalism, sentimentality, social reform, Stowe, theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195145328
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195145321.001.0001


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Dan McKanan, author
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