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Spreading the Word : the Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America.

Author: Peter J Wosh
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Civil war, the completion of transcontinental railroads, rapid urbanization and industrialization, the rise of managerial capitalism, and new entanglements abroad rent the fabric of life in nineteenth-century America. Through all the turmoil, the American Bible Society thrived. This engaging book tells how a modest antebellum reform agency responded to cataclysmic social change and grew to be a nonprofit corporate  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Wosh, Peter J.
Spreading the Word : The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter J Wosh
ISBN: 9781501711459 1501711458
OCLC Number: 1038496108
Description: 1 online resource (286 pages)
Contents: Cover; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 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, 1845-18658. 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; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y.
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Civil war, the completion of transcontinental railroads, rapid urbanization and industrialization, the rise of managerial capitalism, and new entanglements abroad rent the fabric of life in nineteenth-century America. Through all the turmoil, the American Bible Society thrived. This engaging book tells how 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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