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Friends of the Unrighteous Mammon: Northern Christians and Market Capitalism, 1815-1860

Stewart Davenport


What did Protestants in America think about capitalism when capitalism was first something to be thought about? The Bible told antebellum Christians that they could not serve both God and mammon, but in the midst of the market revolution, most of them simultaneously held on to their faith while working furiously to make a place for themselves in a changing economic landscape. This book explores this paradoxical partnership of transcendent religious values and earthly, pragmatic objectives, ultimately concluding that religious and ethical commitments, rather than political or social forces, sha ... More

Keywords: Protestants, America, capitalism, Bible, antebellum Christians, God, mammon, religious values, clerical economists, economic development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226137063
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226137087.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stewart Davenport, author