Disorderly Women: Sexual Politics and Evangelicalism in Revolutionary New England / Edition 1

Disorderly Women: Sexual Politics and Evangelicalism in Revolutionary New England / Edition 1

by Susan Juster
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801483883

ISBN-13: 9780801483882

Pub. Date: 10/28/1996

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Throughout most of the eighteenth century and particularly during the religious revivals of the Great Awakening, evangelical women in colonial New England participated vigorously in major church decisions, from electing pastors to disciplining backsliding members. After the Revolutionary War, however, women were excluded from political life, not only in their churches…  See more details below

Overview

Throughout most of the eighteenth century and particularly during the religious revivals of the Great Awakening, evangelical women in colonial New England participated vigorously in major church decisions, from electing pastors to disciplining backsliding members. After the Revolutionary War, however, women were excluded from political life, not only in their churches but in the new republic as well. Reconstructing the history of this change, Susan Juster shows how a common view of masculinity and femininity shaped both radical religion and revolutionary politics in America. Juster compares contemporary accounts of Baptist women and men who voice their conversion experiences, theological opinions, and preoccupation with personal conflicts and pastoral controversies. At times, the ardent revivalist message of spiritual individualism appeared to sanction sexual anarchy. According to one contemporary, the revival attempted "to make all things common, wives as well as goods." The place of women at the center of evangelical life in the mid-eighteenth century, Juster finds, reflected the extent to which evangelical religion itself was perceived as "feminine" - emotional, sensual, and ultimately marginal.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801483882
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: "A Sperit in de Body"1
Pt. IProphetic Voices in Protestant America
1To Slay the Beast: Visionary Women in the Early Republic19
2"Ethiopia Shall Stretch Forth Her Hands Unto God": Laura Kofey and the Gendered Vision of Redemption in the Garvey Movement38
Pt. IIMinisters and Laity: Sexual Politics in the Protestant Church
3Resurrecting Man: Desire and The Damnation of Theron Ware65
4Ministerial Misdeeds: The Onderdonk Trial and Sexual Harassment in the 1840s81
5"The Women Have Had Charge of the Church Work Long Enough": The Men and Religion Forward Movement of 1911-1912 and the Masculinization of Middle-Class Protestantism107
6"Theirs the Sweetest Songs": Women Hymn Writers in the Nineteenth-Century United States141
Pt. IIIBlack and White in the Spiritual Borderlands
7The Uses of the Supernatural: Toward a History of Black Women's Magical Practices171
8"It's a Spirit in Me": Spiritual Power and the Healing Work of African American Women in Slavery189
9Reading, Writing, and the Race of Mother Figures: Shakers Rebecca Cox Jackson and Alonzo Giles Hollister210
10"When We Were No People, Then We Were a People": Evangelical Language and the Free Black of Philadelphia in the Early Republic235
11The Governing Spirit: African American Writers in the Antebellum City on a Hill259
Notes on Contributors280
Index283

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