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Business of the Heart: Religion and Emotion in the Nineteenth Century

Stephen Corrigan


The “Businessmen's Revival” was a religious revival that unfolded in the wake of the 1857 market crash among white, middle-class Protestants. Delving into the religious history of Boston in the 1850s, this book gives an interpretive study of the revival's significance. The book uses it as a focal point for addressing a spectacular range of phenomena in American culture: the ecclesiastical and business history of Boston; gender roles and family life; the history of the theater and public spectacle; education; boy culture; and, especially, ideas about emotion during this period. The narrative re ... More

Keywords: Businessmen's Revival, 1857 market crash, Protestants, Boston, emotion, transactions, commodity, contract, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520221963
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520221963.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Corrigan, author