The origins of american religious nationalism sam haselby religion in america argues that the us colonization of north america not the american revolution is perhaps the formative event in the history of american political culture. In the story of religion and the development of early american nationalism jefferson was a kind of nationalist mystic in terms of intellectual history at a time when the enlightenment was replacing angels with geniuses jefferson may be best understood as an angel of the enlightenment. Origins is about early national intra protestant conflict and its effect on the development of american nationalism haselby locates this conflict along lines of geography class and in a way style pitting a popular anti elitist frontier revivalism against a bourgeois and nationalist metropolitan missionary 22. The origins of american religious nationalism by sam haselby review hunter price journal of the early republic volume 37 number 1 spring 2017 pp 176 178. In the half century following independence a fight within protestantism a contest over the colonization of the frontier reshaped american nationalism in ways that transformed american political culture fear of the dynamism and authority of popular frontier religious movements led elite northeastern protestants to found the first missionary organizations in american history
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