Women and Religion in Early America, 1600-1850: The Puritan and Evangelical Traditions

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Religion - 219 pages
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.
 

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Contents

1 Women the Spirit and the Reformation
1
Part I The Puritan heritage
9
Part II The rise of evangelical religion
72
Notes
181
Bibliographic essay
203
Index
216
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Marilyn J. Westerkamp is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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