Strangers and Pilgrims: Female Preaching in America, 1740-1845 (Gender and American Culture) (Paperback)

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Margaret Meuse Clay, who barely escaped a public whipping in the 1760s for preaching without a license; Old Elizabeth, an ex-slave who courageously traveled to the South to preach against slavery in the early nineteenth century; Harriet Livermore, who spoke in front of Congress four times between 1827 and 1844--these are just a few of the extraordinary women profiled in this, the first comprehensive history of female preaching in early America.

Drawing on a wide range of sources, Catherine Brekus examines the lives of more than a hundred female preachers--both white and African American--who crisscrossed the country between 1740 and 1845. Outspoken, visionary, and sometimes contentious, these women stepped into the pulpit long before twentieth-century battles over female ordination began. They were charismatic, popular preachers, who spoke to hundreds and even thousands of people at camp and revival meetings, and yet with but a few notable exceptions--such as Sojourner Truth--these women have essentially vanished from our history. Recovering their stories, Brekus shows, forces us to rethink many of our common assumptions about eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American culture.

About the Author


Catherine A. Brekus teaches American religious history at the University of Chicago.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780807847459
ISBN-10: 0807847453
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication Date: December 7th, 1998
Pages: 480
Language: English
Series: Gender and American Culture