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The Origins of American Religious Nationalism

Sam Haselby


In the half century following independence, a fight within Protestantism, a contest over the colonization of the frontier, reshaped American nationalism in ways that transformed American political culture. Fear of the dynamism and authority of popular, frontier religious movements led elite Northeastern Protestants to found the first missionary organizations in American history. Using technological innovations, the missionary organizations functioned as novel nationbuilding organizations. Importantly, a generation before Southern planters began to do so, the Northeastern missionaries began to ... More

Keywords: nationalism, United States, Protestantism, frontier, Native Americans, Andrew Jackson, class conflict, missionary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199329571
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199329571.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sam Haselby, author
Columbia University