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Secularism in Antebellum America

John Lardas Modern


Ghosts, railroads, Sing Sing, and sex machines are just a few of the phenomena that appear in this account of religion and society in nineteenth-century America. This book uncovers surprising connections between secular ideology and the rise of new technologies that opened up new ways of being religious. Exploring the eruptions of religion in New York's penny presses, the budding fields of anthropology and phrenology, and Moby Dick, the book challenges the strict separation between the religious and the secular that remains integral to discussions about religion today. It frames the study arou ... More

Keywords: ghosts, railroads, Sing Sing, sex machines, religion, society, new technologies, penny presses, anthropology, phrenology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226533230
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226533254.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Lardas Modern, author