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No Silent Witness: The Eliot Parsonage Women and Their Unitarian World

Cynthia Tucker


This biography follows three generations of ministers' mothers, daughters, and wives as their family—one of America's foremost Unitarian dynasties—spreads out across the continent and their liberal denomination evolves. The oldest Eliot women remember its quickening in the early 1800s, and the youngest, its formal consolidation in 1961 with the kindred Universalist Church of America. Shifting the focus from pulpits to parsonages, and from sermons to doubting pews, Tucker lifts up a long‐ignored female perspective and humanizes a famously staid and cerebral religious tradition. The narrative or ... More

Keywords: Unitarian history, Eliot women, nineteenth and twentieth century, parsonage life, same‐sex unions, infertility, neurasthenia, financial distress, loneliness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195390209
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390209.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cynthia Tucker, author
University of Memphis
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