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"Peculiar Children" of the Nation

Title: The "Peculiar Children" of the Nation: American Civil Religion at Antebellum West Point.
Name(s): Graziano, Michael, author
Porterfield, Amanda, professor directing thesis
Corrigan, John, committee member
Koehlinger, Amy, committee member
Department of Religion, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This thesis examines the history of antebellum West Point, tracing connections between the religious atmosphere of the Academy and the political ideology which it inculcated into cadets. A central claim of this essay is that the Revival of 1826 cemented a distinctly religious rhetoric as the operating ideology of West Point. This ideology held that the defense and maintenance of the sovereignty of the United States was to be cadets' primary objective. Cadets were taught that defending American sovereignty constituted a divine mandate incumbent upon them as students of West Point. Finally, a key goal of this essay has been to ground "civil religion" in sources particular to this essay in the hope of reworking the concept for broader use in American religious history.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4876 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Religion in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: August 31, 2011.
Keywords: Charles P. McIlvaine, Civil Religion, Civil War, Revival, Sylvanus Thayer, West Point
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Amanda Porterfield, Professor Directing Thesis; John Corrigan, Committee Member; Amy Koehlinger, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Religion
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