Women and Religion in Early America,1600-1850: The Puritan and Evangelical Traditions, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Women and Religion in Early America,1600-1850

The Puritan and Evangelical Traditions, 1st Edition

By Marilyn J. Westerkamp


232 pages

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Women in Early American Religion, 1600-1850 explores the first two centuries of America's religious history, examining the relationship between the socio-political environment, gender, politics and religion

Drawing its background from women's religious roles and experiences in England during the Reformation, the book follows them through colonial settlement, the rise of evangelicalism with the 'great awakening', the American Revolution and the second flowering of popular religion in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Women in Early American Religion, 1600-1850 traces the female spiritual tradition through the Puritans, Baptists and Shakers, arguing that it was a strong empowering force for women.


'Its analysis of the changing interaction of women and religion suggests approaches and paradigms that are worthy of being tested by scholars throughout the North Atlantic world and beyond.' - Social History Bulletin

`A study which should quickly become the standard work on its subject, radically altering our understanding of America's religious past and adding new dimensions to our view of women's lives. - Louis Billington, University of Hull, Journal of American Studies, 2001

"I found the Critical Heritage volumes irreplaceable when I was in graduate school. It would be the labor of a lifetime to track down all the early reviews, comments, and criticism that these volumes rescue and pass along." - - John Van Hook, Bibliographer, Univeristy of Florida Libraries, Gainesville

'Written in clear prose with convincing arguments, Women and Religion in Early America supplies scholars with a useful and timely resource.' - Janet Moore Lindman, Rowan University

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Christianity and Society in the Modern World

This series of social historical studies explores the relationship between Christianity and its social context in the period since 1500. Recent exciting new research in this field has greatly increased our understanding of how the changing face of Christianity as a historical religion during the period affected contemporary social attitudes, customs, and behaviour. The books in this series draw this research together, providing new perspectives and interpretations on a fascinating area of social history and bringing it before a wider audience.

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