The Sacred Cause of Liberty: Republican Thought and the Millenium in Revolutionary New England

The Sacred Cause of Liberty: Republican Thought and the Millenium in Revolutionary New England

by Nathan O. Hatch
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ISBN-13: 9780300020922
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/01/1977
Pages: 197

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Nathan Hatch captures the thesis of millennarianism as the driving force behind revolutionary arguments quite well. I believe that the religious impetus and its cultural impact on the move for independence from England cannot be overlooked. Too many historians get caught up in economic and ideological arguments to fully appreciate the importance the clergy had in mobilizing colonial resistance. Hatch, along with James Hutson, Alice Baldwin, Perry Miller, Alan Heimert, Sacvan Bercovitch, Martin Marty, William Marsden, and Patricia Bonomi realize that religion inspired the grass roots level of the insurrection. Leaders such as Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Patrick Henry, and John Hancock were all influenced by great preachers such as George Whitefield, Jonathan Mayhew, and Jonathan Edwards. Nathan Hatch's Sacred Cause of Liberty, and Mark A. Noll's America's God: from Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln, are the two most important works a student of American Religous History need to read. I hope future scholars follow Hatch's lead and further develop the religious component in Revolutionary War History.