The Religious History of American Women: Reimagining the Past / Edition 1

The Religious History of American Women: Reimagining the Past / Edition 1

by Catherine A. Brekus
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807858005

ISBN-13: 9780807858004

Pub. Date: 04/23/2007

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

More than a generation after the rise of women's history alongside the feminist movement, it is still difficult, observes Catherine Brekus, to locate women in histories of American religion. Mary Dyer, a Quaker who was hanged for heresy; Lizzie Robinson, a former slave and laundress who sold Bibles door to door; Sally Priesand, a Reform rabbi; Estela Ruiz, who saw

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More than a generation after the rise of women's history alongside the feminist movement, it is still difficult, observes Catherine Brekus, to locate women in histories of American religion. Mary Dyer, a Quaker who was hanged for heresy; Lizzie Robinson, a former slave and laundress who sold Bibles door to door; Sally Priesand, a Reform rabbi; Estela Ruiz, who saw a vision of the Virgin Mary—how do these women's stories change our understanding of American religious history and American women's history?

In this provocative collection of twelve essays, contributors explore how considering the religious history of American women can transform our dominant historical narratives. Covering a variety of topics—including Mormonism, the women's rights movement, Judaism, witchcraft trials, the civil rights movement, Catholicism, everyday religious life, Puritanism, African American women's activism, and the Enlightenment—the volume enhances our understanding of both religious history and women's history. Taken together, these essays sound the call for a new, more inclusive history.

Contributors:
Ann Braude, Harvard Divinity School
Catherine A. Brekus, University of Chicago Divinity School
Anthea D. Butler, University of Rochester
Emily Clark, Tulane University
Kathleen Sprows Cummings, University of Notre Dame
Amy Koehlinger, Florida State University
Janet Moore Lindman, Rowan University
Susanna Morrill, Lewis and Clark College
Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Augustana College
Pamela S. Nadell, American University
Elizabeth Reis, University of Oregon
Marilyn J. Westerkamp, University of California, Santa Cruz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807858004
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/23/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,059,494
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Searching for Women in Narratives of American Religious History   Catherine A. Brekus     1
Puritan Women, Spiritual Power, and the Question of Sexuality   Marilyn J. Westerkamp     51
Revelation, Witchcraft, and the Danger of Knowing God's Secrets   Elizabeth Reis     73
Hail Mary Down by the Riverside: Black and White Catholic Women in Early America   Emily Clark     91
Sarah Osborn's Enlightenment: Reimagining Eighteenth-Century Intellectual History   Catherine A. Brekus     108
Beyond the Meetinghouse: Women and Protestant Spirituality in Early America   Janet Moore Lindman     142
Unrespectable Saints: Women of the Church of God in Christ   Anthea D. Butler     161
Women's Popular Literature as Theological Discourse: A Mormon Case Study, 1880-1920   Susanna Morrill     184
The "New Woman" at the "University": Gender and American Catholic Identity in the Progressive Era   Kathleen Sprows Cummings     206
Faith, Feminism, and History   Ann Braude     232
"Are You the White Sisters or the Black Sisters?": Women Confounding Categories of Race and Gender   Amy Koehlinger     253
Engendering Dissent: Women and American Judaism   Pamela S. Nadell     279
Little Slicesof Heaven and Mary's Candy Kisses: Mexican American Women Redefining Feminism and Catholicism   Kristy Nabhan-Warren     294
Acknowledgments     319
Selected Readings     321
Contributors     325
Index     327

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