By Peter Manseau
A groundbreaking new examine the tale of America
At the center of the nation's non secular historical past are audacious and infrequently violent scenes. however the Puritans and the shining urban at the hill supply us only one option to comprehend the us. instead of recite American heritage from a Christian vantage element, Peter Manseau proves that what relatively occurred is worthy an in depth, clean glance.
Thomas Jefferson himself gathered books on all religions and required that the new Library of Congress take his books, because american citizens had to think about the "twenty gods or no god" he famously famous have been respected by way of his acquaintances. taking a look at the americans who believed in those gods, Manseau fills in America's tale of itself, from the persecuted "witches" at Salem and who they honestly have been, to the persecuted Buddhists in WWII California, from spirituality and cults within the '60s to the hot presidential election the place either applicants have been for the 1st time non-traditional Christians.
One kingdom, lower than Gods shows how even more there's to the heritage we inform ourselves, correct again to the country's earliest days. Dazzling in its scope and sweep, it really is an American historical past not like any you've learn.
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While thus engaged, intently perusing the face of his watch by the light of the moon, a stout middle-aged gentleman, wrapped up in a thick overcoat, with a carpet bag in his hand, came striding rapidly across the street, and for a moment stood silent and unperceived at his shoulder. ” said a hearty cheerful voice. — George Lippard, Quaker City (1845) T he contests for authority among antebellum timekeepers cannot be underestimated. 1 In the passage that stands as the epigraph to this chapter, all the elements of midcentury time telling are evident.
These “standard times” further dissociated clock time from natural time. They severed time from the local and the particular. Without the local and particular, clock time became even more tightly tethered to institutions, procedures, and standards. It depended on reliable clocks and ﬁrmly established time standards. Like Father Time with his reaper atop the eight-ton Jewelers Building clock, time has always disciplined humans. Time begins with sunrises, births, ar- 18 | INTRODUCTION rivals; it always ends, in a sunset, a death, a departure.
George Lippard, Quaker City (1845) T he contests for authority among antebellum timekeepers cannot be underestimated. 1 In the passage that stands as the epigraph to this chapter, all the elements of midcentury time telling are evident. The aural and visual compete—the clock has “just struck one,” but Luke “peruses” rather than listens. ” Which is the authority for the time, the pocket watch or the state 42 | C H A P T E R T WO house clock, the bell striking one or the moon? ” Indeed, every timekeeper seemed to show its own time; there was little possibility of synchronicity, not between aural and visual time indicators, not between natural and mechanical ones, not even between a pocket watch and the state house clock.