By John Corrigan

The "Businessmen's Revival" used to be a spiritual revival that spread out within the wake of the 1857 marketplace crash between white, middle-class Protestants. Delving into the spiritual background of Boston within the 1850s, John Corrigan offers an ingenious and wide-ranging interpretive learn of the revival's value. He makes use of it as a focus for addressing a astonishing diversity of phenomena in American tradition: the ecclesiastical and company background of Boston; gender roles and kin lifestyles; the historical past of the theater and public spectacle; schooling; boyculture; and, particularly, principles approximately emotion in this period.

This vividly written narrative recovers the emotional reports of people from a big selection of little-used assets together with diaries, correspondence, public documents, and different fabrics. From those assets, Corrigan discovers that for those Protestants, the expression of emotion was once a question of transactions. They observed emotion as a commodity, and conceptualized family members among humans, and among members and God, as transactions of emotion ruled by means of agreement. faith turned a enterprise relation with God, with prayer as its felony delicate. coming into this courting, they have been engaging in the "business of the heart." This cutting edge learn exhibits that the revival--with its commodification of emotional experience--became an celebration for white Protestants to underscore ameliorations among themselves and others. The exhibit of emotion was once a main indicator of club within the Protestant majority, up to language, pores and skin colour, or gown kind. As Corrigan unravels the importance of those culturally developed criteria for emotional existence, his booklet makes an immense contribution to fresh efforts to discover the hyperlinks among faith and emotion, and is a vital new bankruptcy within the heritage of religion.

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