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Spreading the word : the Bible business in nineteenth-century America

Author: Peter J Wosh
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tells how the American Bible Society, a modest antebellum reform agency, responded to cataclysmic social change and grew to be a nonprofit corporate bureaucracy that managed, among other projects, what was one of the largest publishing houses in the United States.
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Genre/Form: History
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Wosh, Peter J.
Spreading the word.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1994
(DLC) 93043880
(OCoLC)29466230
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter J Wosh
ISBN: 9781501711459 1501711458
OCLC Number: 1037272683
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 271 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: 1. A Bible House in the City --
2. From Civic Humanitarianism to Corporate Benevolence: The Changing Nature of the Board of Managers --
3. Local Particularism and National Interests: Creating the Agency System, 1816-1830 --
4. The Limits of Consensus in a Capitalist Metropolis: The Problem of Mariners and "Papists" --
5. The Limits of Consensus in a Christian Republic: Jacksonians, Baptists, Translators, and Abolitionists --
6. "Motives of Both Duty and Expediency": Entering the Foreign Field, 1831-1844 --
7. Making Agents Accountable: Bureaucratization and the Agency System, 1845-1865 --
8. Race, War, and Sectionalism: Reconstructing the Southern Agencies, 1850-1867 --
9. Bringing System and Order to the Agency: Bible Work in the Levant, 1854-1889 --
Epilogue: From "Missionary Basis" to "Business Basis"? Isaac Bliss's Strange Lament.
Responsibility: Peter J. Wosh.

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"Peter J. Wosh's informative book is best defined as an institutional history of the American Bible Society (ABS).... It is as much economic history as it is religious history." -- R. Laurence Moore Read more...

 
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