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A Republic of Righteousness: The Public Christianity of the Post-Revolutionary New England Clergy

Jonathan D. Sassi


This book analyzes the debate over the proper connection between religion and society that took place in southern New England during the fifty years after the American Revolution. It finds that a Christian social ideology, descended from the region's Puritan origins, endured and evolved during the era of the early republic, in contrast to interpretations that emphasize the individualization and secularization of American public life during the period. In the last two decades of the eighteenth century, the Congregational clergy articulated a corporate ethic that emphasized the superintendence o ... More

Keywords: Baptists, Christianity, Congregationalists, disestablishment, early republic, New England, reform movements, Second Great Awakening, Unitarian, Worcester County, Massachusetts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195129892
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019512989X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan D. Sassi, author
College of Staten Island
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