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1 The Collision Of Cultures
2 Britain And Its Colonies
3 Colonial Ways Of Life
4 The Imperial Perspective
5 From Empire To Independence
6 The American Revolution
7 Shaping A Federal Union
8 The Federalist Era
9 The Early Republic
10 Nationalism And Sectionalism
11 The Jacksonian Impulse
12 The Dynamics Of Growth
13 An American Renaissance: Religion, Romanticism, And Reform
14 Manifest Destiny
15 The Old South
16 The Crisis Of Union
17 The War Of The Union
18 Reconstruction: North And South
19 New Frontiers: South And West
20 Big Business And Organized Labor
21 The Emergence Of Urban America
22 Gilded-age Politics And Agrarian Revolt
23 An American Empire
24 The Progressive Era
25 America And The Great War
26 The Modern Temper
27 Republican Resurgence And Decline
28 New Deal America
29 From Isolation To Global War
30 The Second World War
31 The Fair Deal And Containment
32 Through The Picture Window: Society And Culture, 1945–1960
33 Conflict And Deadlock: The Eisenhower Years
34 New Frontiers: Politics And Social Change In The 1960s
35 Rebellion And Reaction In The 1960s And 1970s
36 A Conservative Insurgency
37 Triumph And Tragedy: America At The Turn Of The Century

Chapter 13: An American Renaissance: Religion, Romanticism, And Reform

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  1. Antebellum religion
    1. Effects of Enlightenment
      1. Deism
        1. Roots in rationalism and Calvinism
        2. Nature of the beliefs
      2. Unitarianism and Universalism
        1. Nature of the beliefs
        2. William Ellery Channing
        3. Universalism
    2. The Second Great Awakening
      1. Origins of revivalism
      2. The frontier phase
        1. Camp meetings
        2. Reception among sects
          1. Presbyterians
          2. Baptists
          3. Methodists
        3. Black revivals
      3. “Burned-over District”
        1. Charles Grandison Finney
        2. Oberlin College
      4. Mormon church
        1. Roles of Joseph Smith, Jr., and Brigham Young
        2. Movement West
  2. Romanticism in America
    1. Nature of the romantic revolt
    2. Transcendentalism as a romantic expression
      1. Nature of transcendentalism
      2. Roots of transcendentalism
      3. The role of Ralph Waldo Emerson
      4. The role of Henry David Thoreau
      5. The impact of transcendentalism
  3. The flowering of American literature
    1. Nathaniel Hawthorne
    2. New England poets
    3. Emily Dickinson
    4. Edgar Allan Poe
    5. Herman Melville
    6. Walt Whitman
    7. Feminine fiction
    8. The popular press
      1. Impact of advances in printing technology
      2. Daily papers
  4. Education
    1. Demography
      1. Level of literacy
      2. Rural settlement patterns
    2. Early public schools
      1. Rising demand in 1830s
      2. Work of Horace Mann
      3. North Carolina leadership
      4. Hindrances
    3. Higher education
      1. Post-Revolutionary surge in colleges
      2. Education for women
  5. Movements for reform
    1. Roots of reform
    2. Varieties of reform
    3. Temperance
      1. Heavy consumption of alcohol in the United States
      2. Arguments for temperance
      3. Early efforts at reform
      4. Development of the American Temperance Union, 1833
      5. State actions restricting alcohol
    4. Prison reform
      1. Growth of public institutions to treat social ills
      2. Prevention and rehabilitation versus punishment for crime
      3. Auburn prison system (1816)
      4. Elimination of prison for debtors
    5. Reform in treatment of the insane
      1. Early state institutions for the insane
      2. Work of Dorothea Lynde Dix
    6. Crusade for women’s rights
      1. Status of women in the antebellum period
      2. Seneca Falls Conference, 1848
      3. Hindrances to success
      4. Evidences of success
      5. Women in education, nursing, and other professions
    7. Utopian communities
      1. Proliferation of utopian communities
      2. Nature of the Shaker communities
      3. Development and contributions of the Oneida Community
      4. Concept of New Harmony
      5. The importance of Brook Farm
      6. The impact of the utopian communities

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