"God makes use of feeble means sometimes, to bring about His most exalted purposes": faith and social action in the lives of evangelical women in antebellum America
Historians of women's history and of African American religious history interpret Evangelical Christian theology in widely differing ways. Women's historians often have emphasized its complicity with the socially conservative, repressive forces with which women's rights proponents had to contend as they sought the betterment of American society. Historians of African American women and religion tend to highlight Christianity's liberating role and potential in the African American experience. These different historiographical emphases prompt reconsideration of religious conservatism and its effect ...
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