Newberry Seminar on Religion and Culture in the Americas December 4, 2020 presentation

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November 15, 2020
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Economic History / Studies

Newberry Library Scholarly Seminars

Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar

The Polarizing Pioneer Line: Christian Reform Capitalism in the Early Republic

Joseph Slaughter, Wesleyan University

December 4, 2020

3:00-4:30 pm Central Time

Held Virtually via Zoom / Register for link

The expanding market economy of the early nineteenth century connected more Americans than ever before. While many celebrated this development, some evangelicals mourned how the market was turning increasingly “evil.” To regulate “immoral” market activity, evangelicals formed Christian businesses such as the Pioneer Stage Coach Line (Rochester, New York). Instantly polarizing, the Pioneer was the vanguard of the Sabbatarian movement of the 1820s and 30s. Most significantly, Christian enterprises such as the Pioneer demonstrate how Christian businesses were vital engines of early nineteenth century moral reform movements.

Respondent: Kyle Roberts, American Philosophical Society


This event is free, but all participants must register in advance and space is limited. To register and request a copy of the pre-circulated paper, email: Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend.