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The Bible CauseA History of the American Bible Society$
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John Fea

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190253066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253066.001.0001

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The Business of Benevolence

The Business of Benevolence

(p.51) 5 The Business of Benevolence
The Bible Cause

John Fea

Oxford University Press

This chapter situates the American Bible Society in the larger history of benevolent societies in early nineteenth-century America. In the year prior to the Civil War, American evangelicals made concentrated efforts to bring the revival zeal of the Second Great Awakening to the pressing social issues of the day. After a brief discussion of this Awakening, and the role that the American Bible Society played in it, this chapter chronicles the relationship between the American Bible Society and several benevolent organizations, including the American Temperance Movement, the American Sunday School Movement, and the American Sabbath Association.

Keywords:   Bible in America, benevolent societies, Lyman Beecher, anti-mission Baptists, women’s history, Temperance movement, Second Great Awakening

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