History: Reviews of New Books
Early nineteenth-century Americans might not have lived in the “world of wonders” of their seventeenth-century forbears, argues Adam Jortner, Associate Professor of History at Auburn University, but they did inhabit a world where people still believed in the supernatural, where they discussed and debated those beliefs, and occasionally found themselves on the receiving end of persecution and violence as a result. In this valuable study, Jortner recovers the enduring presence of miracles, wonders, and other supernatural events in the decades following the American Revolution and challenges us to rethink how we interpret their place in the religious and political life of the new nation.
Roberts, Kyle. Blood from the Sky: Miracles and Politics in the Early American Republic. History: Reviews of New Books, 46, 2: 39-40, 2018. Retrieved from Loyola eCommons, History: Faculty Publications and Other Works, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03612759.2018.1412785
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