Second Great Awakening and second party system, a singular response to technological advances: responses of antidisestablishmentarian ministers to secular threats and the use of technology for communication by American sociopolitical institutions, 1800-1850 Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Dahan, Charles
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • This paper argues the Congregational Church's diminished market share in after disestablishment in the northeastern United States was not a failure to adapt, but a rational decision to preserve an elite, and heavily invested base of parishioners. I argue the unique advantage of the Congregational Church was not state sponsorship, but instead its monopoly over the dissemination of news due to its unique regional social network of ministers. I demonstrate through archival research that the Congregational Church did not expend significant resources on recruitment in the face of competing religious denominations that characterize the Second Great Awakening. By framing the local Congregational Sunday service as a forum for gaining information necessary for conversation with fellow citizens, parties were a far greater threat to the unique power Congregational ministers leveraged for social control, than the ministers and churches emblematic of the Second Great Awakening.
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