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The Resource Damned nation : hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction, Kathryn Gin Lum

Damned nation : hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction, Kathryn Gin Lum

Label
Damned nation : hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction
Title
Damned nation
Title remainder
hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction
Statement of responsibility
Kathryn Gin Lum
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Among the pressing concerns of Americans in the first century of nationhood were day-to-day survival, political harmony, exploration of the continent, foreign policy, and -- fixed deeply in the collective consciousness -- hell and eternal damnation. The fear of fire and brimstone and the worm that never dies exerted a profound and lasting influence on Americans' ideas about themselves, their neighbors, and the rest of the world. Kathryn Gin Lum poses a number of vital questions: Why did the fear of hell survive Enlightenment critiques in America, after largely subsiding in Europe and elsewhere? What were the consequences for early and antebellum Americans of living with the fear of seeing themselves and many people they knew eternally damned? How did they live under the weighty obligation to save as many souls as possible? What about those who rejected this sense of obligation and fear? Gin Lum shows that beneath early Americans' vaunted millennial optimism lurked a pervasive anxiety: that rather than being favored by God, they and their nation might be the object of divine wrath. As time-honored social hierarchies crumbled before revival fire, economic unease, and political chaos, "saved" and "damned" became as crucial distinctions as race, class, and gender. The threat of damnation became an impetus for or deterrent from all kinds of behaviors, from reading novels to owning slaves. Gin Lum tracks the idea of hell from the Revolution to Reconstruction. She considers the ideas of theological leaders like Jonathan Edwards and Charles Finney, as well as those of ordinary women and men. She discusses the views of Native Americans, Americans of European and African descent, residents of Northern insane asylums and Southern plantations, New England's clergy and missionaries overseas, and even proponents of Swedenborgianism and annihilationism. Damned Nation offers a captivating account of an idea that played a transformative role in America's intellectual and cultural history."-- Publisher description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gin Lum, Kathryn
Dewey number
236/.25097309034
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
BR517
LC item number
.G56 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • United States
  • Hell
  • Hell
  • Americans
  • United States
  • Hölle
  • Jenseitsglaube
  • Volksglaube
  • Verdammnis
  • USA
Label
Damned nation : hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction, Kathryn Gin Lum
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Salvation" vs. "damnation" : doctrinal controversies in the early republic -- "His blood covers me!" : disseminating damnation in the Second Great Awakening -- "Oh, deliver me from being contentedly guilty" : laypeople and the fear of hell -- "Ideas, opinions, can not damn the soul" : antebellum dissent against damnation -- "Slavery destroys immortal souls" : deployment of damnation in the slavery controversy -- "Our men die well" : damnation, death, and the Civil War
Control code
ocn873763465
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 310 pages
Isbn
9780199843114
Lccn
2013045248
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199843114
  • (OCoLC)873763465
Label
Damned nation : hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction, Kathryn Gin Lum
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Salvation" vs. "damnation" : doctrinal controversies in the early republic -- "His blood covers me!" : disseminating damnation in the Second Great Awakening -- "Oh, deliver me from being contentedly guilty" : laypeople and the fear of hell -- "Ideas, opinions, can not damn the soul" : antebellum dissent against damnation -- "Slavery destroys immortal souls" : deployment of damnation in the slavery controversy -- "Our men die well" : damnation, death, and the Civil War
Control code
ocn873763465
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 310 pages
Isbn
9780199843114
Lccn
2013045248
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199843114
  • (OCoLC)873763465

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