Protestants and Pictures: Religion, Visual Culture, and the Age of American Mass Production

Hardcover | October 1, 1999

byDavid Morgan

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In this lavishly illustrated book, David Morgan surveys the visual culture that shaped American Protestantism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries--a vast record of images in illustrated bibles, Christian almanacs, children's literature, popular religious books, charts, broadsides, Sundayschool cards, illuminated devotional items, tracts, chromos, and engravings. His purpose is to explain the rise of these images, their appearance and subject matter, how they were understood by believers, the uses to which they were put, and what their relation was to technological innovations,commerce, and the cultural politics of Protestantism. His overarching argument is that the role of images in American Protestantism greatly expanded and developed during this period.

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In this lavishly illustrated book, David Morgan surveys the visual culture that shaped American Protestantism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries--a vast record of images in illustrated bibles, Christian almanacs, children's literature, popular religious books, charts, broadsides, Sundayschool cards, illuminated devotional items,...

David Morgan is at Valparaiso University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 10.12 × 6.89 × 1.3 inPublished:October 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195130294

ISBN - 13:9780195130294

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Media, Millennium, NationhoodPart I: The Millennial Mission of the American Republic2. Evangelical Images and the American Tract Society3. The Visual Rhetoric of Northern EvangelicalismPart II: Adventism and Images of the End4. Millerism and the Schematic Imagination5. The Commerce of Images and Adventist PietyPart III: Visual Pedagogy6. Pictures and Children7. Talking PicturesPart IV: The Rise of the Devotional Image in American Protestantism8. The Devotional Likeness of Christ9. Religious Art and the Formation of CharacterConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex

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"David Morgan, Professor of at Valparaiso University, makes a major contribution to our understanding of religion and American culture with his impressively researched and well-illustrated book...[his] monumental study shows that 'seeing is believing' is a maxim deeply engrained in Americanculture." The Journal of American History