Saturday, October 4, 2014

On Writing the History of the American Bible Society--Update #82

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I work up this morning and realized that I forgot to do my update post yesterday, so this post summarizes the last two days of work on the ABS project.

I am now getting my feet wet on a yet-to-be-titled Chapter Five.  As I mentioned in my previous post, this chapter deals with the American Bible Society in the larger context of early nineteenth-century evangelical reform.  I have spent the last couple of days making sense of the notes I took in the archives this summer and trying to marshal them into some kind of coherent outline.  I am just about finished with this task.  At the moment, here is the very bare-bones outline I will be working with:

I.  Benevolence in the Early Republic: An Outline
II. The American Bible Society and Revivalism
III. The American Bible Society and Sunday Schools
IV.  The American Bible Society and the Temperance Movement
V.  The American Bible Society and Sabbath Reform
VI.  The Role of Women in the American Bible Society
VII. The American Bible Society and Evangelical Print Culture
VIII. Resistance to the ABS and the "Benevolent Empire"

This chapter is also going to require some additional secondary reading on my part as I attempt to situate the ABS in these various reform movements.  Stay tuned.