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Author Poole, W. Scott, 1971-
Title Satan in America : the Devil we know / W. Scott Poole.
Imprint Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, [2009]

Author Poole, W. Scott, 1971-
Subject Devil -- Social aspects -- United States -- History.
Devil -- Political aspects -- United States -- History.
Devil -- Christianity.
Good and evil -- Social aspects -- United States -- History.
Good and evil -- Political aspects -- United States -- History.
National characteristics, American.
Political culture -- United States -- History.
Violence -- United States -- History.
United States -- Religious life and customs.
United States -- Civilization.
Description 1 online resource (xxvi, 243 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preface: "Night stalker" : American exceptionalism and the reality of evil -- "The Devil is come down in great wrath" : the American Satan in the colonial and Revolutionary worlds -- Darkness invisible : the Devil and American revivalism -- The devils of Daniel Webster : satanic cultural politics through World War I -- Casting out devils : American theology and popular religion meets the Devil -- Hellhound on my trail : Satan and twentieth-century American culture -- Lucifer rising : satanic panics and culture wars -- The beast : Satan and the theology of American empire -- Epilogue: Shame the Devil : the problem of evil and American cultural history -- Hunting the Devil : a bibliographic essay.
Summary Satan in America tells the story of America's complicated relationship with the devil. "New light" evangelists of the eighteenth century, enslaved African Americans, demagogic politicians, and modern American film-makers have used the devil to damn their enemies, explain the nature of evil and injustice, mount social crusades, construct a national identity, and express anxiety about matters as diverse as the threat of war to the dangers of deviant sexuality. The idea of the monstrous and the bizarre providing cultural metaphors that interact with historical change is not new. Poole takes a new tack by examining this idea in conjunction with the concerns of American religious history. The book shows that both the range and the scope of American religiousness made theological evil an especially potent symbol. Satan appears repeatedly on the political, religious, and cultural landscape of the United States, a shadow self to the sunny image of American progress and idealism.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781442200623 (electronic bk.)
1442200626 (electronic bk.)
9780742561717 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0742561712 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 647860688
Additional Format Print version: Poole, W. Scott, 1971- Satan in America. Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2009 (DLC) 2009020062

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