The Revival of 1857-58: Interpreting an American Religious Awakening

The Revival of 1857-58: Interpreting an American Religious Awakening

by Kathryn Teresa Long, Kathryn Long
     
 

This book provides a fresh, in-depth examination of the Revival of 1857-58, a widespread religious awakening most famous for urban prayer meetings in major metropolitan centers across the United States. Often mentioned in religious history texts and articles but overshadowed by scholarly attention to the first and second "Great Awakenings," the revival

Overview

This book provides a fresh, in-depth examination of the Revival of 1857-58, a widespread religious awakening most famous for urban prayer meetings in major metropolitan centers across the United States. Often mentioned in religious history texts and articles but overshadowed by scholarly attention to the first and second "Great Awakenings," the revival has lacked a critical, book-length analysis. This study will help to fill this gap and to place the event within the context of Protestant revival traditions in America.

The Revival of 1857-58 was a multifaceted religious movement that Long suggests may have been the closest thing to a truly national revival in American history. The awakening marked the coming together of formalist and populist evangelical groups, particularly in urban areas, and helped to create the beginnings of a transdenominational religious identity among middle-class American evangelicals. Long explores the revival from various angles, emphasizing the importance of historiography and examining the way Calvinist clergy and the editors of the daily press canonized particular versions of the revival story, most notably its role in the history of great awakenings and its character as a masculine "businessmen's revival." She gives attention to grassroots perspectives on the awakening and also pursues wider social and cultural questions, including whether the revival actually affected evangelical involvement in social reform.

The book combines insights from contemporary scholarship concerning revivals, women's history, and nineteenth-century mass print with extensive primary source research. The result is a clearly written study that blends careful description with nuanced analysis.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In calm and understated prose, it portrays the deep and profound cultural accommodation that was taking place in the movement, the implications of which have shaped evangelicals for the past 140 years."—Books and Culture

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195112931
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Series:
Religion in America Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1640L (what's this?)

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Wheaton College

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