204 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 2 halftones, 2 maps, 3 graphs, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6218-3
Published: April 2021
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-6217-6
Published: April 2021
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-6219-0
Published: February 2021
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Through varied peoples' efforts to come to grips with the New Madrid earthquakes, Hancock reframes early nineteenth-century North America as a site where all of its inhabitants wrestled with fundamental human questions amid prophecies, political reinventions, and war.
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Jonathan Todd Hancock is associate professor of history at Hendrix College.
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"An incredibly impressive debut monograph, one that will benefit greatly the religious historians of the early American republic. Hancock should be applauded for his exhaustive archival research and careful examination of the varieties and nuances of Christian and Native religiosity. By using the New Madrid earthquakes as a window into the world of early Americans, Hancock demonstrates how religion remained a powerful vehicle in the struggle for the North American continent."—Reading Religion
“An innovative work that ties together studies of the environment and natural disasters with studies of religion and politics. . . . With impeccable research and pulling from a multitude of sources, Hancock explores the significance and understanding of the New Madrid Earthquakes for people across racial, geographical, and educational lines.”—H-Environment
“Hancock is a gifted cultural historian. . . . Convulsed States will appeal to scholarly and popular audiences alike.”—North Carolina Historical Review
“Convulsed States models a new kind of American religious history, one that works across traditional scholarly divides and uncovers fascinating and unexpected connections among disparate peoples, events, and cultures.”—Journal of Church and State
“Hancock has produced an impressively researched and lucidly written history that will be of interest to readers of all kinds.”--Cynthia A. Kierner, George Mason University
“An innovative work that offers fascinating new insights into early American politics, religion, intellectual history, and the history of science.”--Christina Snyder, Pennsylvania State University