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Evangelical Gotham: Religion and the Making of New York City, 1783-1860

Kyle B. Roberts


At first glance, evangelical and Gotham seem like an odd pair. What does a movement of pious converts and reformers have to do with a city notoriously full of temptation and sin? This text argues that religion must be considered alongside immigration, commerce, and real estate scarcity as one of the forces that shaped the New York City we know today. The book explores the role of the urban evangelical community in the development of New York between the American Revolution and the Civil War. As developers prepared to open new neighborhoods uptown, evangelicals stood ready to build meetinghouse ... More

Keywords: evangelicalism, Gotham, reformers, New York, American Revolution, Civil War, Sunday school, prayer meetings, antislavery, evangelicals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226388144
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226388281.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kyle B. Roberts, author
Loyola University Chicago