Hymns and hymnbooks as American historical and cultural icons.
This work is a study of the importance of Protestant hymns in defining America and American religion. It explores the underappreciated influence of hymns in shaping many spheres of personal and corporate life as well as the value of hymns for studying religious life. Distinguishing features of this volume are studies of the most popular hymns (“Amazing Grace,” “O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”), with attention to the ability of such hymns to reveal, as they are altered and adapted, shifts in American popular religion. The book also focuses attention on the role hymns play in changing attitudes about race, class, gender, economic life, politics, and society.
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Table of ContentsContents Introduction 000 I. The History in a Hymn 1. "Amazing Grace": The History of a Hymn and a Cultural Icon D. Bruce Hindmarsh 000 2. The Methodist National Anthem: "O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing" and the Development of American Methodism John R. Tyson 000 3. "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name": Significant Variations on a Significant Theme Mark A. Noll 000 II. Hymns and Hymnbooks as Cultural Icons 4. Textual Editing and the "Making" of Hymns in Nineteenth-Century America Mary De Jong 000 5. Textual Changes in Popular Occasional Hymns Found in American Evangelical Hymnals Samuel J. Rogal 000 6. Indices: More Than Meets the I Mary Louise VanDyke 000 7. Fanny Crosby, William Doane, and the Making of Gospel Hymns in the Late Nineteenth Century Edith L. Blumhofer 000 III. Understanding the Classical Era of American Protestantism through Hymns 8. Heritage and Hymnody: Richard Allen and the Making of African Methodism Dennis C. Dickerson 000 9. Singing Pilgrims: Hymn Narratives of a Pilgrim Community's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come, 18301890 Candy Gunther Brown 000 10. Children of the Heavenly King: Hymns in the Religious and Social Experience of Children, 17801850 Heather D. Curtis 000 11. Domesticity in American Hymns, 18201870 Susan VanZanten Gallagher 000 Contributors 000 Index 000