Chapter 2. The American Revolution

  1. Philip Goff Director Professor
  1. Thomas S. Kidd Associate Professor

Published Online: 16 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch2

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

How to Cite

Kidd, T. S. (2010) The American Revolution, in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America (ed P. Goff), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch2

Editor Information

  1. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Author Information

  1. Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169363

Online ISBN: 9781444324082



  • religion in American society and culture;
  • role of religion in American founding era;
  • Americans, interpreting Revolution and the Constitution - prophetic or providential categories;
  • religion, causal factor in the war - case of Quebec Act (1774);
  • literature on religion and the American Revolution - issues between the Revolution and the Great Awakening;
  • Boston Sons of Liberty's equation of stamps, marking of the beast - revolutionaries filtering their view of the British;
  • fears about spiritual meaning - conflict refined Americans' “civil millennialism”;
  • African American evangelicals - trenchant criticisms of slavery in revolutionary era;
  • new revolutionary antislavery movement, fueled by evangelical sentiment;
  • religious communities, signs of egalitarian potential for women and people of color in revolutionary America


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Bibliography