Perfectionist Politics: Abolitionism and the Religious Tensions of American Democracy

Perfectionist Politics: Abolitionism and the Religious Tensions of American Democracy

by Douglas M. Strong
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815629249

ISBN-13: 9780815629245

Pub. Date: 09/28/2001

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

Perfectionist Politics is the story of an important but overlooked antebellum reform movement: ecclesiastical abolitionism. Douglas M. Strong examines radical evangelical Protestants who seceded from pro-slavery denominations and reorganized themselves into independent antislavery congregations. Mirroring political abolitionist activity - particularly in the…  See more details below

Overview

Perfectionist Politics is the story of an important but overlooked antebellum reform movement: ecclesiastical abolitionism. Douglas M. Strong examines radical evangelical Protestants who seceded from pro-slavery denominations and reorganized themselves into independent antislavery congregations. Mirroring political abolitionist activity - particularly in the "burned-over district" of New York State - the ecclesiastical abolitionists formed a network of abolition churches that became the primary focus of Liberty Party electioneering strategy. Ecclesiastical abolitionists justified this clear connection between church and state through their experience of evangelical perfectionism. A vote for the Liberty Party became a mark of one's holiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815629245
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Series:
Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Tables and Maps
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1A Middle Course: The Mediating Role of Evangelical Perfectionism12
2Spiritual Democracy: The Development of Antislavery Church Reform44
3Liberty Party Theology: Perfectionist Undergirding for Political Activity66
4The Abolition Church: Expanding the Ecclesiastical Abolitionist Network91
5A Political Millennium: The Imminent Inauguration of God's Government116
6The Burned-Out District: The Fragmenting of Ecclesiastical Abolitionism137
Epilogue: An Enduring Legacy161
App. AIdentifying Ecclesiastical Abolitionism in the Towns of Upper New York173
App. BOccurrence of Antislavery Church Reform in Towns with 1844 Liberty Vote Totals over Thirty181
Notes187
Bibliography235
Index257

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