Title

Religion, Reform, and Patriotism in Southern Illinois: A Case Study, 1852-1900

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 2014

Publication Source

Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

Volume

107

Issue

2

Inclusive pages

171-203

Publisher

University of Illinois Press

ISBN/ISSN

1522-1067

Abstract

A case study is presented concerning Evangelical reform and patriotism in southern Illinois between 1852 and 1900. It examines the organization the Southern Illinois Conference (SIC) of the Methodist Episcopal Church, religious zeal in southern Illinois during the era known as the Gilded Age, and what the author identifies as Midwestern characteristics of faith, nationalism, and patriotism. The article discusses the emphasis of the Bible, observance of the Sabbath, and temperance efforts among evangelicals.

Keywords

Evangelicalism, Reforms, Nationalism, Ethics, Patriotism, Illinois, Religion, United States, Gilded Age, 1877-1900

Disciplines

History of Religion

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