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Religion and the Working Class in Antebellum America Jama Lazerow

Religion and the Working Class in Antebellum America

Jama Lazerow

Published October 17th 1995
ISBN : 9781560985440
Hardcover
353 pages
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Providing for the first time a national, regional, and local picture of religions role in working-class formation, this book challenges the now common notion that the republican ideal constituted the principal ideological impulse behind theMoreProviding for the first time a national, regional, and local picture of religions role in working-class formation, this book challenges the now common notion that the republican ideal constituted the principal ideological impulse behind the development of the early American labor movement. Uncovering the pervasive presence of Christian institutions, ritual, and language in the first flowerings of labor protest, Jama Lazerow argues that religion promoted a withering critique of industrializing America yet at the same time retarded the formation of working-class consciousness. The book recreates the social and cultural world of workers in antebellum America with detailed studies of communities including Fall River, Fitchburg, and Boston, Massachusetts- Wilmington, Delaware- and Rochester, New York. Lazerows exhaustive and unprecedented research - into local church records, tax lists, small-town historical society vaults, and private homes, as well as contemporary magazines, letters, diaries, and memoirs - has yielded a rich reinterpretation of working people and their churches.