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

The Revival of 1857-58

Interpreting an American Religious Awakening

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Published: 1st October 1997
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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.

"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 "Relying on firsthand accounts, early histories, and newspaper stories, Long offers a deeply penetrating examination of an event that in its day was viewed as one of the momentous occurrences of the nineteenth century....Long's excellent monograph--a deserving winner of the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize--provides insight into the sociocultural and political moment of the revival and locates the religious beliefs and practices of the participants within an evolving and multi-faceted American Protestantism in the mid-nineteenth century....Long's study is highly recommended reading for all those interested in American life on the eve of the Civil War."--American Historical Review "Kathryn Long has produced a comprehensive, scholarly analysis of the meaning of the 'Businessman's Revival' of 1857-1858....this fine study has greatly deepened the discussion over the meaning of revivalism in nineteenth-century American life."--Missiology "Deeply worked yet accessible to all, it sets a high bar for any future critic. For historians of nineteenth-century America, it offers a quiet call to reconceptualize an entire epoch. For adherents or students of evangelicalism, it asks fundamental questions of their entire movement. No one could ask for more."--Church History "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 "Historians interested in the 1857-1858 revival will put Long's chronological and statistical appendices to good use and will learn from her analysis of its media coverage."--The Journal of American History

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 3
""""Prayer-Meetings . . . in All Parts of the Land"""": The Revival Takes Shape as Historyp. 11
""""Affording Public Amusement . . . [and] Gratifying the Curiosity"""": Revivalism in the Newsp. 26
the Influence of Family, Church, and Association: Personal Perspectives on the Revivalp. 46
a """"Desire . . . That the Ladies Would Keep Away"""" Gender Tensions and the Masculinization of Urban Pietyp. 68
""""Great Revival"""" or """"Great Reformation"""") the Privatization of Northern Revivalismp. 93
""""Where is the Evidence of Your Revival of Religion?"""": Critiques of the Revival's Social Impactp. 110
Legacies of 1857-58 D. L. Moody and the """"Revival Generation""""p. 127
Chronology of Selected Dates and Eventsp. 137
Membership Statistics and Church Growth Rates, 1853-1861p. 144
Notesp. 151
Selected Bibliographyp. 221
Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9780195112931
ISBN-10: 0195112938
Series: Religion in America
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 1st October 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.5  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.58