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Joseph K Kosek

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300203516

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300203516.001.0001

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Modernizing America

Modernizing America

(p.55) 3 Modernizing America
American Religion, American Politics
Joseph Kip Kosek
Yale University Press

The United States became recognizably modern in several key ways in the half-century after the Civil War. Changes such as the end of slavery, urbanization, and the suffrage movement posed formidable challenges to religious authority. Many of the most significant writers on religious politics in this period were not government officials but reformers who sought to remake Americans' public life. This chapter presents the following documents: Reynolds v. United States (1878), the Pittsburgh Platform of Reform Judaism (1885), Frances Willard's Woman in the Pulpit (1888), Elizabeth Cady Stanton's The Woman's Bible (1895), W. E. B. Du Bois' “Of the Faith of the Fathers” (1903), Walter Rauschenbusch's Christianity and the Social Crisis (1907), and William Jennings Bryan's “Mr. Bryan's Last Speech” (1925).

Keywords:   American religion, religious authority, religious politics, Reynolds v. United States, Frances Willard, W. E. B. Du Bois, Walter Rauschenbusch, William Jennings Bryan

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