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Self-help and popular religion in early American culture : an interpretive guide

Author: Roy M Anker
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999.
Series: American popular culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One of two volumes on the relationship between popular religion and the self-help tradition in American culture, this work focuses on early America, from the Protestant Ethic and Puritan New England  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roy M Anker
ISBN: 0313311366 9780313311369
OCLC Number: 40881588
Description: viii, 246 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Academic histories of self-help --
3. The Protestant ethic and Puritan New England. The Weber thesis and the legacy of Puritanism --
What brought the Puritans to New England --
New England Puritan social history --
Puritan collective culture --
Boston and economic diversification --
Declension in New England --
Puritan literature and the Weber thesis --
A brief history of the histories of Puritan New England --
4. Benjamin Franklin, Cotton Mather, and individualism. An imposing life --
Ben Franklin and Poor Richard --
Franklin and the Autobiography --
Franklin and the Puritan ethos --
The case of Cotton Mather : Puritanism, self-help, and historical influence --
Historical discussion of Franklin and his legacy --
5. Revivalism, religious experience, and the birth of mental healing. Religious innovation : the Second Great Awakening --
Interpreting revivalism : historians seek understanding --
American romanticism : nature, harmony, and healing the self --
The coming of mesmerism and mind-cure --
Phineas Parkhurst Quimby --
Figures in the emergence of New Thought : Warren Felt Evans ; The Dressers : Annetta, Julius, and Horatio ; Ralph Waldo Trine ; Emma Curtis Hopkins ; Charles and Myrtle Fillmore and the Unity School of Christianity --
Twentieth-century heirs to New Thought : Emmet Fox (1886-1951) ; Ernest Shurtleff Holmes and the Church of Religious Science.
Series Title: American popular culture.
Responsibility: Roy M. Anker.

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