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Hellfire nation : the politics of sin in American history

Author: James A Morone
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
Database: WorldCat
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The American Constitution firmly separates church and state. Yet religion lies at the heart of American politics. How did America become a nation with the soul of a church? In [this book, the author] recasts American history as a moral epic. From the colonial era to the present day, Americans embraced a Providential mission, tangled with devils, and aspired to save the world. Moral fervor ignited our fiercest social  Read more...
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Title: Hellfire nation : the politics of sin in American history /
Database Name: WorldCat
All Authors / Contributors: James A Morone
Notes: Originally published: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2003.
Restrictions on Access: Distribution is restricted to RFB & D members who have a documented print disability such as a visual impairment, learning disability or other physical disability.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Content: Introduction, a nation with the soul of a church -- Puritan foundations of morality politics (1630-1776): Us, the city on a hill; Them, heretic, heathen, and witch; Puritans become America -- Abolitionist crusade (1800-1865): Wrath of God in Black and white; Abolition!; South, the pro-slavery argument; North, the ragged chorus of the Union -- Victorian quest for virtue (1870-1929). Purity and the woman's sphere -- White slaves and the modern witch-hunt -- Temperance : crucible of race and class; Prohibition and the rise of big government -- Social Gospel at high tide (1932-1973): New Deal call to alms; Manifest destiny and the Cold War; The sixties -- Puritans roar again: Modern morals.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Introduction, a nation with the soul of a church -- Puritan foundations of morality politics (1630-1776): Us, the city on a hill; Them, heretic, heathen, and witch; Puritans become America -- Abolitionist crusade (1800-1865): Wrath of God in Black and white; Abolition!; South, the pro-slavery argument; North, the ragged chorus of the Union -- Victorian quest for virtue (1870-1929). Purity and the woman's sphere -- White slaves and the modern witch-hunt -- Temperance : crucible of race and class; Prohibition and the rise of big government -- Social Gospel at high tide (1932-1973): New Deal call to alms; Manifest destiny and the Cold War; The sixties -- Puritans roar again: Modern morals.
Responsibility: James A. Morone.
Genre/Form: History.
Year: 2004.
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic,
Standard Numbers: Stock no: HB381
Class Descriptors: Dewey No.: 973
OCLC No.: 56386656

Abstract:

The American Constitution firmly separates church and state. Yet religion lies at the heart of American politics. How did America become a nation with the soul of a church? In [this book, the author] recasts American history as a moral epic. From the colonial era to the present day, Americans embraced a Providential mission, tangled with devils, and aspired to save the world. Moral fervor ignited our fiercest social conflicts--but it also moved dreamers to remake the nation in the name of social justice. Moral crusades inspired abolition, woman suffrage, and civil rights, even as they led Americans to hang witches, enslave Africans, and ban liquor. Today these moral arguments continue, influencing the debate over everything from abortion to foreign policy. [He] tells the story of a brawling, raucous, religious people. [He also] shows how fears of sin and dreams of virtue defined the shape of the nation.-Dust jacket.
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