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Redeeming the Southern Family: Evangelical Women and Domestic Devotion in the Antebellum South (Hardback)

Scott Stephan

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ISBN 10: 0820332224 / ISBN 13: 9780820332222
Edité par University of Georgia Press, United States, 2008
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Language: English . Brand New Book. This is the day-to-day experience of spirituality in the lives of southern women.In the years leading up to the Civil War, southern evangelical denominations moved from the fringes to the mainstream of the American South. Scott Stephan argues that female Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians played a crucial role in this transformation. While other scholars have pursued studies regarding southern evangelicalism in the context of churches, meetinghouses, and revivals, Stephan looks at the domestic rituals over which southern women had increasing authority - from consecrating newborns to God s care to ushering dying kin through life s final stages. Laymen and clergymen alike celebrated the contributions of these pious women to the experience and expansion of evangelicalism across the South.This acknowledged domestic authority allowed some women to take on more public roles in the conversion and education of southern youth within churches and academies, although always in the name of family and always cloaked in the language of Christian self-abnegation.At the same time, however, women s work in the name of domestic devotion often put them at odds with slaves, children, or husbands in their households who failed to meet their religious expectations, and thereby jeopardized evangelical hopes of heavenly reunification of the family.Stephan uses the journals and correspondence of evangelical women from across the South to understand the interconnectedness of women s personal, family, and public piety. Rather than seeing evangelical women as entirely oppressed or resigned to the limits of their position in a patriarchal slave society, Stephan seeks to capture a sense of what agency was available to women through their moral authority. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9780820332222

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Titre : Redeeming the Southern Family: Evangelical ...

Éditeur : University of Georgia Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2008

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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In the years leading up to the Civil War, southern evangelical denominations moved from the fringes to the mainstream of the American South. Scott Stephan argues that female Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians played a crucial role in this transformation. While other scholars have pursued studies of southern evangelicalism in the context of churches, meetinghouses, and revivals, Stephan looks at the domestic rituals over which southern women had increasing authority-from consecrating newborns to God's care to ushering dying kin through life's final stages. Laymen and clergymen alike celebrated the contributions of these pious women to the experience and expansion of evangelicalism across the South.

This acknowledged domestic authority allowed some women to take on more public roles in the conversion and education of southern youth within churches and academies, although always in the name of family and always cloaked in the language of Christian self-abnegation. At the same time, however, women's work in the name of domestic devotion often put them at odds with slaves, children, or husbands in their households who failed to meet their religious expectations and thereby jeopardized evangelical hopes of heavenly reunification of the family.

Stephan uses the journals and correspondence of evangelical women from across the South to understand the interconnectedness of women's personal, family, and public piety. Rather than seeing evangelical women as entirely oppressed or resigned to the limits of their position in a patriarchal slave society, Stephan seeks to capture a sense of what agency was available to women through their moral authority.

About the Author:

Scott Stephan is an assistant professor of history at Ball State University.

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