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Jonathan M. Yeager

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.001.0001

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A Conspiracy Theorist’s Theory

A Conspiracy Theorist’s Theory

(p.396) 62 A Conspiracy Theorist’s Theory
Early Evangelicalism

Jedidiah Morse

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This chapter presents excerpts from Jedidiah Morse's A Sermon, Delivered at the New North Church in Boston…May 9th, 1798, Being the Day Recommended by John Adams, President of the United States of America, for Solemn Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer (1798). Morse, a Congregationalist minister, is known as the “father of American geography,” but he is also remembered as one of America's leading conspiracy theorists. In the aftermath of the French Revolution, Morse rejected the Democratic-Republicans led by Thomas Jefferson in favor of Alexander Hamilton and the Federalists. At the close of the century, Morse came to the conclusion that a grand conspiracy involving the Illuminati, a German secret society affiliated with the Masons, was at the heart of France's irreligion. The source of his information was John Robison's 1797 book Proofs of a Conspiracy against All the Governments and Religions of Europe.

Keywords:   sermon, Jedidiah Morse, conspiracy theorists, French Revolution, grand conspiracy, Illuminati, Masons, France, irreligion, John Robison

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