Jacob Green's Revolution: Radical Religion and Reform in a Revolutionary Age

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As part biography and part microhistory, Jacob Green's Revolution tells a fascinating story about revolution, politics, religion, and reform by focusing on two pivotal figures in New Jersey's revolutionary drama—Jacob Green, a radical Presbyterian minister who advocated revolution, and Thomas Bradbury Chandler, a conservative Anglican minister from Elizabeth Town who was a leading loyalist spokesman in America. Both men were towering intellects who were shaped by Puritan culture and the Enlightenment, and both ...

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Overview

As part biography and part microhistory, Jacob Green's Revolution tells a fascinating story about revolution, politics, religion, and reform by focusing on two pivotal figures in New Jersey's revolutionary drama—Jacob Green, a radical Presbyterian minister who advocated revolution, and Thomas Bradbury Chandler, a conservative Anglican minister from Elizabeth Town who was a leading loyalist spokesman in America. Both men were towering intellects who were shaped by Puritan culture and the Enlightenment, and both became acclaimed writers and leading figures in New Jersey—Green for the rebelling colonists, Chandler for the king. Through their stories, this book examines the ways in which religion influenced reform during a pivotal time in American history.

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"There is no more intriguing character among the American Revolution's pastors than Jacob Green, a fervent patriot, antislavery advocate, and principled Calvinist. S. Scott Rohrer brings Green's story to life in this much-needed biography, with its admirable combination of lucid writing and historical insight."

—Thomas S. Kidd, Baylor University

"Jacob Green, an independent-minded Presbyterian minister, played a leading role in New Jersey during the tumultuous days of the American Revolution. S. Scott Rohrer's innovative biography rescues this intriguing figure from unwarranted obscurity. In so doing, it also illuminates the strong (but complicated) connections between religion and politics at the dawn of the American nation. Rohrer's attention to the closely related biography of a loyalist Episcopalian (Thomas Bradbury Chandler) only sharpens the illuminating portrait of Green that stands at the heart of this fine study."

—Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, author of America's God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271064215
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 11/7/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

S. Scott Rohrer is an independent scholar.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Preface

Introduction

Part One: The Worlds of Jacob Green and Thomas Bradbury Chandler

Chapter 1 Student

Chapter 2 Pastor

Chapter 3 Father

Chapter 4 Farmer-Miller-Physician-Teacher

Part Two: Revolutionary Thinkers and the Trials of War

Chapter 5 Polemicist

Chapter 6 Revolutionary

Chapter 7 Politician

Chapter 8 Host

Part Three: Reformers on the Home Front

Chapter 9 Crusader

Chapter 10 Dissenter

Chapter 11 Disciplinarian

Epilogue

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