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Burned Over: The Religious Upheaval that Shaped America Jack Kelly

Burned Over: The Religious Upheaval that Shaped America

Jack Kelly

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“Burned Over” is a 9,800-word essay that tells the story of the greatest religious revival in American history. Beginning in 1830, an unprecedented spiritual upheaval gave rise to Mormonism, apocalyptic sects and evangelical Christianity. TheMore“Burned Over” is a 9,800-word essay that tells the story of the greatest religious revival in American history. Beginning in 1830, an unprecedented spiritual upheaval gave rise to Mormonism, apocalyptic sects and evangelical Christianity. The revolution, which went on for more than two decades, transformed the religious landscape of the country and introduced radical elements of communalism and sexual license into American spirituality. It also gave rise to the abiding notion that we can contact the spirits of the dead.Written with sympathy and insight by popular historian Jack Kelly, “Burned Over” offers eye-opening reading for believers and history buffs alike. It evokes the spiritual turbulence of the era of the common man, when Andrew Jackson occupied the White House and religion became a do-it-yourself project to practical Americans. The essay includes supplemental material on the unusual precedents that prepared the ground for the events of the Burned Over era. Fluidly written, scrupulously researched and utterly fascinating.