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The Democratic Dilemma : Religion, Reform, and the Social Order in the Connecticut River Valley of Vermont, 1791-1850 - Randolph A. Roth

The Democratic Dilemma

Religion, Reform, and the Social Order in the Connecticut River Valley of Vermont, 1791-1850

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The Democratic Dilemma seeks to explain Vermonters' extraordinary faith and idealism. It argues that Vermonters, as the most radical democrats of the Age of Revolution and conservators of New England's traditions, faced a dilemma: how to reconcile their commitment to competition, toleration, and popular sovereignty with their desire to defend an orderly and pious way of life. By embedding democratic ideals in their institutions and their society. Denominations and political parties clashed, townspeople and church members proved ungovernable, and young people grew wayward and rebellious. An economic and demographic crisis in the 1830s and 1840s compounded these problems by denying many inhabitants what they wanted most independent shops and farms for themselves and their descendants. None of these problems could he solved without restraining spiritual, political, and economic freedom and compromising the principles of Vermont's revolution.

"...Offers a solid analysis of early nineteenth-century Vermont as it adjusted to rapid social and economic change, and faced conflicts between democratic ideology and the inequalities produced by a competitive economy...Roth adds an important dimension to our understanding of the New England frontier, and the manner in which New Englanders bridged post-Revolutionary conflicts between democratic equality and economic competition." Jeffrey P. Brown, the Historian

List of tables and maps
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The revolutionary frontier, 1763G++1800
The failure of the covenanted community and the standing order, 1791G++1815
Religion and reform in the shaping of a new order, 1815G++1828
From an era of promise to pressing times, 1815G++1843
A clamor for reform, 1828G++1835
The great revival, 1827G++1843
A modified order in town life and politics, 1835G++1850
Boosterism, sentiment, free soil, and the preservation of a Christian, reformed republic
Conclusion
Appendices
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521301831
ISBN-10: 0521301831
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 410
Published: 29th October 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.77