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Secularism in Antebellum America$
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John Lardas Modern

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226533230

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226533254.001.0001

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Epilogue What Do I Love When I Love My Machine?

Epilogue What Do I Love When I Love My Machine?

(p.279) Epilogue What Do I Love When I Love My Machine?
Secularism in Antebellum America
University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the question of agency in the context of secularism in antebellum American. It analyzes engagement with machines as depicted in the lives of Captain Ahab and John Murray Spear and suggests that they represent a new kind of agency born of deterministic schemes. This chapter also considers the powers of public Protestantism during the 1850s and examines the force relations that were involved in and established by conceiving of and inhabiting religion in a particular way.

Keywords:   secularism, antebellum America, machines, Captain Ahab, John Murray Smith, deterministic schemes, public Protestantism, force relations, religion

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