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The Second DisestablishmentChurch and State in Nineteenth-Century America$
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Steven Green

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195399677

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195399677.001.0001

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Resistance and Revisionism

Resistance and Revisionism

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(p.81) 3 Resistance and Revisionism
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The Second Disestablishment
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Steven K. Green (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195399677.003.0003

This chapter discusses the reactions among conservative clergy to disestablishment that were generated by the French Revolution and Jefferson’s election as president in 1800. It examines the impact of the rise of evangelicalism through the Second Great Awakening, the subsequent creation of moral reform societies, and the leadership of Lyman Beecher. It documents the rise of evangelical revisionist histories which sought to establish the religious nature of the founding period by creating a myth about America’s Christian nationhood. Finally, it discusses ongoing resistance among Jeffersonians, including the controversy over Sunday mail delivery in the late 1820s.

Keywords:   Jefferson, French revolution, clergy, Lyman Beecher, moral reform, revisionist, Sabbath, Christian nation

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