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The Resource From revivals to removal : Jeremiah Evarts, the Cherokee Nation, and the search for the soul of America, John A. Andrew III

From revivals to removal : Jeremiah Evarts, the Cherokee Nation, and the search for the soul of America, John A. Andrew III

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From revivals to removal : Jeremiah Evarts, the Cherokee Nation, and the search for the soul of America
Title
From revivals to removal
Title remainder
Jeremiah Evarts, the Cherokee Nation, and the search for the soul of America
Statement of responsibility
John A. Andrew III
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Between the end of the Revolutionary War in 1781 and Andrew Jackson's retirement from the presidency in 1837, a generation of Americans acted out a great debate over the nature of the national character and the future political, economic, and religious course of the country. Jeremiah Evarts (1781-1831) and many others saw the debate as a battle over the soul of America. Alarmed and disturbed by the brashness of Jacksonian democracy, they feared that the still-young ideal of a stable, cohesive, deeply principled republic was under attack by the forces of individualism, liberal capitalism, expansionism, and a zealous blend of virtue and religiosity
  • A missionary, reformer, and activist, Evarts was a central figure of neo-Calvinism in the early American republic. An intellectual and spiritual heir to the founding fathers and a forebear of American Victorianism, Evarts is best remembered today as the stalwart opponent of Andrew Jackson's Indian policies - specifically the removal of Cherokees from the Southeast. John A. Andrew's study of Evarts is the most comprehensive ever written. Based predominantly on readings of Evarts's personal and family papers, religious periodicals, records of missionary and benevolent organizations, and government documents related to Indian affairs, it is also a portrait of the society that shaped - and was shaped by - Evarts's beliefs and principles
  • From Revivals to Removal begins with Evarts's education in law at Yale and then discusses the transformative effect of the Second Great Awakening on him and on his notions about social regeneration. Moving to Boston in 1810, Evarts rapidly emerged as a leading figure in the advancement of Christian republicanism through his efforts as an editor of the religious newspaper the Panoplist, as the founder of numerous benevolent societies, and as treasurer and later corresponding secretary of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Andrew details how Sabbatarianism, temperance reform, and foreign missions absorbed Evarts's energies and sapped his health
  • By the 1820s Evarts had focused on "civilizing" Native Americans as a defense against their exploitation by corrupt, land-hungry proponents of a self-serving brand of eminent domain. Opposition to the federal government's plan for removal of the Cherokees forced him into the political arena, brought him up against the disruptive threat of states' rights, pitted him against Andrew Jackson, and spurred him to write the famous "William Penn" essays. In these writings he invoked the great Quaker leader's teachings, specifically as they applied to what Evarts believed were America's moral and legal obligations to the native inhabitants. Evarts, suffering from an ailment of the heart and lungs, exhausted himself in his efforts to block passage of the Indian Removal Bill in 1830 and to muster support for the Cherokees as they worked to press their case before the Supreme Court. He lost at each turn, and died in Charleston, South Carolina, still planning another round in the struggle
  • Evarts failed to tame the powerful forces of change at work in the early republic, but he did shape broad responses to many of them. Perhaps the truest measure of his influence is that his dream of a government based on Christian principles became a rallying cry for another generation and another cause: abolitionism
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Andrew, John A
Dewey number
  • 277.3/081/092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
BV3705.E7
LC item number
A53 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Evarts, Jeremiah
  • Missionaries
  • Trail of Tears, 1838-1839
  • Cherokee Indians
  • Evarts, Jeremiah
  • Cherokee (Indiens)
  • Missionnaires américains
  • Cherokee (Indiens)
Label
From revivals to removal : Jeremiah Evarts, the Cherokee Nation, and the search for the soul of America, John A. Andrew III
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-417) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
24546437
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 434 pages
Isbn
9780820314273
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91036846
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
portrait
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1485742
  • (OCoLC)24546437
Label
From revivals to removal : Jeremiah Evarts, the Cherokee Nation, and the search for the soul of America, John A. Andrew III
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-417) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
24546437
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 434 pages
Isbn
9780820314273
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91036846
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
portrait
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1485742
  • (OCoLC)24546437

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