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Published: 25 September 2014

328 Pages | 20 illus.


ISBN: 9780199843114

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Damned Nation

Hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction

Kathryn Gin Lum

  • Shows the deep and long-lasting effects of the fear of hell in American history
  • Questions the common view of America as a "redeemer nation," revealing instead early Americans' fears that they might be damned
  • Complicates the familiar social categories of gender, class, and race with another important set of categories: "saved" vs. "damned"
  • Takes into account the scholarship of Jonathan Edwards and Charles Finney, as well as the unpublished, handwritten manuscripts of laypeople