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The Resource Sin in the city : Chicago and revivalism, 1880-1920, Thekla Ellen Joiner

Sin in the city : Chicago and revivalism, 1880-1920, Thekla Ellen Joiner

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Sin in the city : Chicago and revivalism, 1880-1920
Title
Sin in the city
Title remainder
Chicago and revivalism, 1880-1920
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Thekla Ellen Joiner
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Language
eng
Summary
"Long before today{u2019}s culture wars, the 2Third Great Awakening3 rocked America. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, evangelists such as Dwight L. Moody and Billy Sunday roused citizens to renounce sin as it manifested in popular culture, moral ambiguity, and the changing role of women. Sin in the City examines three urban revivals in turn-of-the-century Chicago to show how revivalists negotiated that era{u2019}s perceived racial, sexual, and class threats. While most studies of this movement have focused on its male leaders and their interactions with society, Thekla Ellen Joiner raises new questions about gender and race by exploring Third Awakening revivalism as the ritualized performance of an evangelical social system defined by middle-class Protestant moral aspirations for urban America. Rather than approaching these events merely as the achievements of persuasive men, she views them as choreographed collective rituals reinforcing a moral order defined by ideals of femininity, masculinity, and racial purity. Joiner reveals how revivalist rhetoric and ritual shifted from sentimentalist identification of sin with males to a more hard-nosed focus on females, castigating 2loose women3 whose economic and sexual independence defied revivalist ideals and its civic culture. She focuses on Dwight L. Moody{u2019}s 1893 World{u2019}s Fair revival, the 1910 Chapman-Alexander campaign, and the 1918 Billy Sunday revival, comparing the locations, organization, messages, and leaders of these three events to depict the shift from masculinized to feminized sin. She identifies the central role women played in the Third Awakening as the revivalists promoted feminine virtue as the corrective to America{u2019}s urban decline. She also shows that even as its definition of sin became more feminized, Billy Sunday{u2019}s revivalism began to conform to Chicago{u2019}s emerging color line. Enraged by rapid social change in cities like Chicago, these preachers spurred Protestant evangelicals to formulate a gendered and racialized moral regime for urban America. Yet, as Joiner shows, even as revivalists demonized new forms of entertainment, they used many of the modern cultural practices popularized in theaters and nickelodeons to boost the success of their mass conversions. Sin in the City shows that the legacy of the Third Awakening lives on today in the religious right{u2019}s sociopolitical activism; crusade for family values; disparagement of feminism; and promotion of spirituality in middle-class, racial, and cultural terms. Providing cultural and gender analysis too often lacking in the study of American religious history, it offers a new model for understanding the development of a gendered theology and set of religious practices that influenced Protestantism in a period of enormous social change."--Publishers website
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GK8
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Joiner, Thekla Ellen
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200.9773/11
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
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illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
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  • Evangelicalism
  • Evangelicalism
  • Revivals
  • Religious awakening
  • Chicago (Ill.)
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Sin in the city : Chicago and revivalism, 1880-1920, Thekla Ellen Joiner
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-264) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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150481226
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 271 pages
Isbn
9780826217431
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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9780826217431
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)150481226
Label
Sin in the city : Chicago and revivalism, 1880-1920, Thekla Ellen Joiner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-264) 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
Control code
150481226
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 271 pages
Isbn
9780826217431
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780826217431
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)150481226

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