This thesis explores the religious component of the United States of America’s identity as manifested through the American Civil Religion (ACR). The foundation of the ACR is found within the American Revolution a time which gave birth to new principles and rituals. This tradition of the ACR is known as “prophetic republicanism.” The ACR continued to develop through the antebellum era and had far reaching impacts on many parts of American life. Focusing in on Abraham Lincoln illuminates how masculine gender performance both expressed, and was impacted by, this form of ACR. The thesis concludes by examining Lincoln’s reading of the Declaration of Independence which has a uniquely prophetic republican voice. Lincoln’s adherence to this tradition of the ACR shaped the way he carried the country through the American Civil War. This is a stepping-stone for thinking about the domain of religion as not separate from other domains such as politics or economics. Rather all these domains are interlocking and interpenetrating categories.
|Commitee:||Stone, Jon R., Lowentrout, Peter|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 82/8(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Sociology, American studies|
|Keywords:||American Civil Religion, American Revolution, Civil War, Social construction, Sociology|
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