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Everyday ReligionAn Archaeology of Protestant Belief and Practice in the Nineteenth Century$
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Kruczek-Aaron Hadley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061085

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061085.001.0001

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Struggling over Religion and Reform in the Past and the Present

Struggling over Religion and Reform in the Past and the Present

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Everyday Religion

Hadley Kruczek-Aaron

University Press of Florida

This chapter argues that the critical approach used in the case study prompts a consideration of multiple sources that reveal insights into lived religion, the social relations shaping that experience, and the propaganda created to describe it. It calls attention to the prolonged struggles (especially in terms of gender, class, ethnicity, and race) that took place over these ideas at the household and community levels, and it describes recent narratives presented by historians, museum curators, and other caretakers of heritage who have tended to emphasize harmony, triumph, or isolated moments of conflict in their interpretations of antebellum religion and reform (and especially abolition and the Underground Railroad). It questions why the public memory has not encompassed struggle, and it asserts the value of moving among various sources (both artifacts and texts) in archaeological examinations of religion.

Keywords:   lived religion, abolition, Underground Railroad, archaeological examinations, antebellum religion

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