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The Democratic Dilemma
Religion, Reform, and the Social Order in the Connecticut River Valley of Vermont, 1791–1850

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  • Date Published: May 2012
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  • isbn: 9781139242035

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  • The Democratic Dilemma seeks to explain Vermonters' extraordinary faith and idealism. It argues that Vermonters, as the most radical democrats of the Age of Revolution and conservators of New England's traditions, faced a dilemma: how to reconcile their commitment to competition, toleration, and popular sovereignty with their desire to defend an orderly and pious way of life. By embedding democratic ideals in their institutions and their society. Denominations and political parties clashed, townspeople and church members proved ungovernable, and young people grew wayward and rebellious. An economic and demographic crisis in the 1830s and 1840s compounded these problems by denying many inhabitants what they wanted most independent shops and farms for themselves and their descendants. None of these problems could he solved without restraining spiritual, political, and economic freedom and compromising the principles of Vermont's revolution.

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    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139242035
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables and maps
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    1. The revolutionary frontier, 1763–1800
    2. The failure of the covenanted community and the standing order, 1791–1815
    3. Religion and reform in the shaping of a new order, 1815–28
    4. From an era of promise to pressing times, 1815–43
    5. A clamor for reform, 1828–35
    6. The great revival, 1827–43
    7. A modified order in town life and politics, 1835–50
    8. Boosterism, sentiment, free soil, and the preservation of a Christian, reformed republic
    Conclusion
    Appendices
    Notes
    Index.

  • Author

    Randolph A. Roth

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