What it means to be modern: a messy history of mass-media revivals in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1875-1920

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dc.contributor.author Noddings, Timothy R.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-12T20:56:26Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-08T11:22:06Z
dc.date.copyright 2013 en_US
dc.date.issued 2013-08-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/4733
dc.description.abstract American historians tend to oppose “modernity” and “modern religion” to pre-modern and “traditional” faith, a binary that has privileged certain religious forms and displays of sacredness over others. This thesis challenges the structuring dichotomy of modernity by arguing that Protestant evangelical revivals were sites on which “modernity” was made, defined, contested, and remade at the end of the nineteenth century. Examining the major revivals of Dwight Moody and Billy Sunday, among others, it rejects grand narratives and insists on understanding revival campaigns as existing in a braided relationship with the “secular” public sphere: one player in a symbolic marketplace where various partisans attempted to demonstrate that they were uniquely “modern.” This “modernity” was constructed through multiple categories of gender, age, class, ethnicity, and race, linking claims of “modernity” to common-sense masculinity, idealized family roles, and Anglo-Saxon identity as site upon which “Americanness” was made. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject modernity en_US
dc.subject religion en_US
dc.subject fundamentalism en_US
dc.subject science en_US
dc.subject evangelicalism en_US
dc.subject consumeriism en_US
dc.subject media en_US
dc.subject advertising en_US
dc.subject revivals en_US
dc.title What it means to be modern: a messy history of mass-media revivals in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1875-1920 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Cleves, Rachel Hope
dc.degree.department Dept. of History en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0320 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0337 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0330 en_US

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