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Yvonne C. Zimmerman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199942190

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199942190.001.0001

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Cultural Foundations of Moral Imagination

Cultural Foundations of Moral Imagination

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(p.103) 4 Cultural Foundations of Moral Imagination
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Other Dreams of Freedom
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Yvonne C. Zimmerman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199942190.003.0005

This chapter traces several key movements, including separate spheres gender ideology, the Cult of True Womanhood, and the ideology of romantic love, through which Protestant conceptions of morality became more broadly American moral views of gender propriety and sexual morality. As a result, Protestantism is part and parcel of U.S.-American culture and the complex of cultural values that is generally perceived as secular “American values.”

Keywords:   separate spheres gender ideology, Cult of True Womanhood, ideology of romantic love, Protestant morality, American values

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