Archibald Simpson's Unpeaceable Kingdom: The Ordeal of Evangelicalism in the Colonial South - Religion in American History (Hardback)Peter N. Moore (author)
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 252
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 238 x 159 x 21 mm
Peter N. Moore's biography of Archibald Simpson is important, sweeping, and evocative. Moore writes with well-earned confidence and his rendering of Simpson's fascinating life is sure to attract a wide readership. While revealing the transnational context of religious revivalism, Moore never loses sight of the specific contexts of the localities that Simpson made home. Along the way, Moore's work illuminates plantation life and agriculture, racial slavery, deathways, medicine and sickness, eighteenth-century wars, and family values. Most impressive is Moore's singular capacity to understand and make accessible to present-day readers the mindset and spiritual struggles of eighteenth-century evangelicals. He explains that world with sensitivity, specificity, and nuance. -- Lorri Glover, Saint Louis University
In this gem of a book, Peter N. Moore captures both the expansive scope and the intimate details of a life lived amidst powerful transformations of the eighteenth-century Atlantic world. Archibald Simpson was neither famous nor particularly heroic, but his experiences of economic disruption, religious revival, enlightenment education, transatlantic evangelicalism, political revolution, and the paradoxes of slaveholding Christianity connected him to central events and figures in the making of that world. Moore's engaging reconstruction of Simpson's biography provides a sensitive account of these forces and how they shaped both individual and communal experiences from Scotland to South Carolina and beyond. -- Randolph Scully, George Mason University
Peter N. Moore conveys historians of the Great Awakening to a place we seldom go, the hot troubled world of Carolina and Georgia, where tales of overwhelming success and transformation appeared to stop at the borders. Moore's deep, nuanced reading of the extraordinary diary of Archibald Simpson brings new clarity to the driving forces igniting the passionate efforts of evangelical preachers and the powerful obstacles limiting their success. Illuminating insights about the spiritual anguish of a young boy, his youthful ambitions to work as a pastor, and his clerical work are framed by an unsparing portrait of colonial communities trying to build congregations and recruit pastors in the midst of congregational battles, political manipulation, and stalled efforts to cross the unbridgeable racial divisions against slavery. Within an arena that historians are increasingly framing as large and transatlantic, Moore convinces us to turn back to the power of the individual. -- Marilyn Westerkamp, University of California, Santa Cruz
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