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3 Notices of “Patriotism and Piety”

With the release of Patriotism and Piety: Federalist Politics and Religious Struggle in the New American Nation coming up next month, it’s great to be seeing the book noticed and advertised.

DenHartog Patriotism and Piety Cover

I wanted to point to three places where the book has popped up recently.

First, word should be going out to the professional historians. The University of Virginia Press included a cover shot of the book in their advertisement in the Winter 2014 issue of the Journal of the Early Republic. Published by the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, it would be great if scholars directly in the field read the book and took notice.

Second, I was pleased to see the book being mentioned to scholars of American evangelicals. Recently I received issue 87 of the Evangelical Studies Bulletin. This bulletin, published by the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals has always been extremely valuable in tracking works in the field. I was delighted to see Patriotism and Piety listed as forthcoming in their books section. Now, this joy was bittersweet. There will be no more issues of the ESB, in its current form. Nonetheless, I’m grateful to have made a small mark on this publication before it disappeared.

Finally, the book got noticed on the web. On the Religion in American History blog, Paul Putz regularly tracks forthcoming books in American Religious History. I was glad to be present for his list of books for January-April 2015.

If this has gotten your attention, Patriotism and Piety is available for pre-order! Also, feel free to mention it to others!

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What Happened After Jonathan Edwards?

A group of scholars got together to answer that question, and the resulting scholarly volume became After Jonathan Edwards: The Courses of the New England Theology, edited by Oliver Crisp and Douglas Sweeney. They ask both what effect Edwards has had in different venues and what developments his theological ideas had in the “New England Theology” of the 19th Century.

I have a review of the volume up here at Religion in American History.

This would be an interesting read for fans of Edwards–since there are plenty of modern-day Edwardseans out in the world–as well as for historians, theologians, seminarians, and anyone else interested in Edwards or his legacy.

And, the review even earned a notice in John Fea’s Sunday Night Odds and Ends Column.

Check out both links.

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More Trans-Atlantic Anti-Jacobinism

Benjamin Park is a Ph.D. student doing some really interesting work on nationalism in the early republic. He also contributes to the Junto of Early Americanists Blog. In a round-up of recent scholarship, Park took a look at my article. His key paragraph is this one:

Jerusha Westbury and Anelise Hanson Shrout, eds., “Special Issue: Forming Nations, Reforming Empires: Atlantic Polities in the Long Eighteenth Century,” Early American Studies 11, no. 1 (Winter 2013).

Sorry, I won’t help you cheat by highlighting a single article here. This issue of EAS contains a plethora of fascinating articles on the tangled world of loyalties, allegiances, and affiliations from the early 1700s and well into the 19th century. Topics include Merchants navigating America’s growing capitalist society and their duties as church benefactors, a close analysis of belonging in Equiano’s Interesting Narrative, American Catholics’ balance of national patriotism and Roman allegiance, and Elihu Burrit’s imagined peace through an expanding Anglo-American empire in the face of the 1840s Age of Revolutions. Perhaps my favorite article was Jonathan Den Hartog’s which looks at the interweaving of religion and politics in the Atlantic world’s reaction to the French Revolution.

Thanks, Ben!

The full article is here.

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What in the World is “Trans-Atlantic Anti-Jacobinism”?

Of course, I’m sure that this is a question that troubles most readers daily. In fact, you may have tossed and turned all of last night hoping for an adequate description of such a fascinating phenomenon.

I say this because just recently I published an article in the journal Early American Studies. The article is entitled “Trans-Atlantic Anti-Jacobinism: Reaction and Religion.” (The issue is Winter 2013, Vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 133-145 for those keeping track at home.)


Well, to explain the concept, let’s break it down. To start with Jacobinism, consider that the French Revolution broke out in 1789 and continued  throughout the 1790s until (and perhaps including) the ascent of Napoleon. The pressures of the Revolution produced any number of political parties in France, but one of the significant ones was the Jacobin Party (named for their meeting hall). The Jacobins, led by Robespierre, oversaw some of the most extreme parts of the Revolution, known as the Terror. This was the period that saw the guillotine in greatest usage. It was also a period of imprisonment for those opposed to the Jacobins, attempts at creating a “Festival of Reason,” and stripping away many of the public expressions of Christianity, in a process known as de-Christianization.

It turns out that people in other places didn’t think this Jacobin approach was such a good idea, especially as the Jacobins decided to export the French Revolution by force of arms. These folks became Anti-Jacobins, and they worked in very public ways to oppose the Jacobins. This strategy had a dynamic, though, that even after the Jacobins were out of power, Anti-Jacobins could still accuse their opponents of being Jacobins. Historians have noted Anti-Jacobin impulses on the European Continent, in Great Britain, in Canada, and in the United States.

Did anything connect these opponents of Jacobinism? That is a question I started to answer and am continuing to research. I have begun to find networks that connect Anti-Jacobins in many countries, around the Atlantic at the end of the 18th century. Their connections were trans-atlantic.

So, when you put those concepts together, you have “Trans-atlantic Anti-Jacobinism.”

Whew. Aren’t you relieved? You can sleep well tonight.

If you have access to Project Muse, you can read the article here. As of now, I can’t make the article available to the world. If you’d like to correspond with me about it, though, I’d be happy to discuss the project.

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