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Author Brekus, Catherine A.

Title Sarah Osborn's world : the rise of evangelical Christianity in early America / Catherine A. Brekus
Published New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, ©2013
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 432 pages) : illustrations
Series New directions in narrative history
New directions in narrative history.
Contents pt. I. Memoir -- Never despair -- Name of Christ -- Afflicted low condition -- Amazing Grace -- pt. II. Diaries and letters (1744-1796) -- Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away (1744) -- No imaginary thing (1753-1755) -- Pinching poverty (1756-1758) -- Love thy neighbor (1759-1763) -- Jordan overflowing (1765-1774) -- Latter days (1775-1787) -- Open vision (1796) -- Epilogue: A Protestant saint
Summary In 1743, sitting quietly with pen in hand, Sarah Osborn pondered how to tell the story of her life, how to make sense of both her spiritual awakening and the sudden destitution of her family. Remarkably, the memoir she created that year survives today, as do more than two thousand additional pages she composed over the following three decades. Sarah Osborn's World is the first book to mine this remarkable woman's prolific personal and spiritual record. Catherine Brekus recovers the largely forgotten story of Sarah Osborn's life as one of the most charismatic female religious leaders of her time, while also connecting her captivating story to the rising evangelical movement in eighteenth-century America. A schoolteacher in Rhode Island, a wife, and a mother, Sarah Osborn led a remarkable revival in the 1760s that brought hundreds of people, including many slaves, to her house each week. Her extensive written record -- encompassing issues ranging from the desire to be "born again" to a suspicion of capitalism -- provides a unique vantage point from which to view the emergence of evangelicalism. Brekus sets Sarah Osborn's experience in the context of her revivalist era and expands our understanding of the birth of the evangelical movement -- a movement that transformed Protestantism in the decades before the American Revolution. - Publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Osborn, Sarah, 1714-1796.
Osborn, Sarah, 1714-1796
Christian biography -- United States.
Christian women -- Rhode Island -- Biography
Evangelical Revival -- United States -- 18th century
Evangelists -- Rhode Island -- Biography
Christian biography.
Christian women.
Evangelical Revival.
Philosophy & Religion.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- History.
Rhode Island.
United States.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012019515
ISBN 0300188323