Women in Early American Religion, 1600-1850 explores the first two centuries of America's religious history, examining the relationship between the socio-political environment, gender, politics and religion. Drawing its background from women's religious roles and experiences in England during the Reformation, the book follows them through colonial settlement, the rise of evangelicalism, the American Revolution, and the second flowering of popular religion in the nineteenth century.
Tracing the female spiritual tradition through the Puritans, Baptists and Shakers, Westerkamp argues that religious beliefs and structures were actually a strong empowering force for women.

part |63 pages

Part I The Puritan heritage

chapter |18 pages

3 Prophesying women

Pushing the boundaries of patriarchy

chapter |20 pages

4 The devil's minions

part |109 pages

Part II The rise of evangelical religion

chapter |24 pages

7 Domestic piety

Mothers, missionaries, and the Holiness movement

chapter |19 pages

8 The reformer's pulpit

chapter |9 pages

9 Voices and silence

Women, the Spirit, and the Enlightenment