History | Religion in 19th Century America
J200 | 2724 | Stephan


Above section limited to freshmen and sophomores only, and to junior
	history majors.  Junior history majors should see the history
	advisor in BH 706 for on-line authorization.
Above section COAS intensive writing section and also requires
	registration in COAS W333.
TOPIC:  REVIVALS AND REFORM

The religious revivals of the early nineteenth century profoundly
reshaped American society and culture.  This course will focus on the
ways in which Protestants entered into the major debates of the
nineteenth century: the role of women in church and society, slavery,
industrialization, and temperance and moral reform. Our starting
point will be the earliest years of the United States, when
Protestant revivalism's message found a receptive audience with those
who stood on the fringes of power-women, African Americans, frontiers
people, and the lower classes-and created a dizzying number of
denominations.  Our exploration of the nineteenth century will center
on the devotional practices of groups influenced by revivalism
(including religious "outsiders" such as the Shakers and Mormons) and
their growing political and social impact on American society.  Like
the rest of the nation, these debates divided mainline Protestant
denominations into northern and southern camps many years before the
first shot of the Civil War.  We will conclude the course with a
thorough exploration of religion's role during and after the Civil
War, inquiring how piety shaped the military and social outcomes of
the conflict.
Because this course is a COAS intensive writing section,
evaluation will center on written work such as take-home essays,
response papers, and revised papers. We will work together as a group
to develop the skills necessary for persuasive writing.  Reading will
consist of three books (Heyrman's Southern Cross, Johnson's
Shopkeeper's Millennium, and Walters's American Reformers) and a
reader packet.