- Series: Jeffersonian America
- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: University of Virginia Press; 2nd Revised ed. edition (January 12, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813936411
- ISBN-13: 978-0813936413
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Patriotism and Piety: Federalist Politics and Religious Struggle in the New American Nation (Jeffersonian America) 2nd Revised ed. Edition
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With diligent research, the author provides unusually detailed support for his contentions about the religious and political convictions of his subjects, as well as for their networking with other Federalists and competition with Jeffersonians. The result is a convincing study that demonstrates how significantly religion factored in the history of the Federalist Party and how important religious Federalists were for propelling the voluntary style of social organization that influenced the nation so significantly in the first half of the nineteenth century.(Mark A. Noll, University of Notre Dame, author of America’s God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln)
Patriotism and Piety represents a much-needed addition to the political and religious history of the period. Comprehensive and authoritative, this book is clearly based on immense archival reading and research and will have a long-lasting influence on our view of an understudied topic.(Thomas S. Kidd, Baylor University, author of God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution)
In.i>Patriotism and Piety Jonathan J. Den Hartog casts the familiar story of the Federalist struggle against Jeffersonian "infidelity" in a new light. He shows that leading Federalists, so often depicted as supporters of established religion and theological orthodoxy, staked out a range of positions on the questionof religion’s role in public life. Moreover, he demonstrates that Federalist views on the church-state relationship evolved over time and in directions that would continue to shape American politics long after the last of the New England religious establishments had crumbled.(Journal of American History)
den Hartog has written an original and fascinating book on an underresearched portion of American religious history. Although some recent treatments of early Americna religion consider, for example, religious opposition to Jefferson's candidacy in the election of 1800, none come close to depth and originality to that provided in Patriotism and Piety.(Fides et Historia)
About the Author
Jonathan J. Den Hartog is Associate Professor of History at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul.
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This book uses examples of early Federalists to explain the role of religion in society at the time. For instance, you had Caleb Strong, a Massachusetts politician, who was something of a “law and order” type. Maybe it was shay’s Rebellion, maybe it was the lawlessness following the revolution, either way he believed that religion was essential to order. He was big on public morals, public observation of the Sabbath, but he wasn’t about to force everyone to go to church, nor would he have tried to fund the churches with public money. In those days it was common to force pubs to either open later or close altogether on Sunday, and even close regular stores on Sunday. Religion at the time had more to do with morals and behavior than anything spiritual.
My only fault with this book is that the characters should be listed in the introduction. Most of these were men I’d never heard of, so the book is a bit difficult to follow. I also would have liked some photos in the book, because I have no idea what a lot of these men looked like. There’s an illustration available online, of the men at the Continental Congress kneeling on the floor and praying, hands clasped together or raised heavenward, which I suppose would prove that all those delegates were god-fearing. However, it would’ve been painted long after the fact, and I would also question it in terms of practicality. Would all those guys have stopped proceedings to pray like that? The delegates were all businessmen, and they were all under deadline, so I suspect it would’ve been more like 5 minutes of bowed heads and silence, followed by a short sermon.
Growing up in an Orthodox Jewish community, I went to the Synagogue every Saturday, and saw no patience on the part of the educated businessmen. They couldn’t stand the Cantor’s yodeling, and by the last four prayers, everyone was unruly. Something tells me that the founding fathers would not have had the patience to sit through a three hour Baptist service every Sunday.
The book's series of extensively researched and documented case studies of important but overlooked historical figures -- including John Jay, diplomat and first U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, and his two sons -- demonstrate the evolution of Federalist attitudes through "Republican," "Combative," and "Voluntarist" phases. While the Federalists' political influence quickly waned, Den Hartog builds a compelling case that the evangelical Federalist thought leaders left a profound legacy in channeling the momentum of the Second Great Awakening and important social reform causes through their influential development of various voluntary societies.
If you're looking not for a synthesis of scholarship on the early Republic, but for a genuinely thoughtful examination that explores new intellectual frontiers by taking seriously the genuine religious and political beliefs of often overlooked contemporary thought leaders, you will want to pick up a copy of this book.