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Virgin Nation: Sexual Purity and American Adolescence

Sara Moslener


This book historicizes the contemporary purity movement by examining how earlier movements established the rhetorical and moral frameworks utilized by the leading purity organizations, True Loves Waits and Silver Ring Thing. This historical investigation reveals that purity work over the last two centuries has developed in concert with widespread fears of changing traditional gender roles and sexual norms, national decline, and global apocalypse. The book contends that the idea of sexual purity is most compelling at points in history when evangelical beliefs and values appear the most viable e ... More

Keywords: sexual purity, evangelicalism, Anglo-Saxon, nationalism, apocalyptic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199987764
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987764.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara Moslener, author
Assistant Professor, Central Michigan University