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Damned Nation: Hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction

Kathryn Gin Lum


Damned Nation connects the fear of hell to Americans’ social and political behavior in the first century of nationhood. Underlying Americans’ vaunted millennial optimism lurked an equally pervasive anxiety that the new nation and its inhabitants might be damned instead of redeemed, in danger of God’s wrath instead of His favor. As older social hierarchies wavered before revival fire, economic unease, and political unrest, antebellum Americans identified themselves and others by more than their race, class, and gender. The shifting categories of “saved” and “damned” became critical markers of s ... More

Keywords: hell, damnation, millennial optimism, antislavery, proslavery, Revolution, Reconstruction, revival, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Finney

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199843114
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199843114.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn Gin Lum, author
Stanford University

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