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American sermons : the pilgrims to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Publication Information:
New York : Library of America : Distributed to the trade in the U.S. by Penguin Putnam, [1999]

Physical Description:
xv, 939 pages ; 21 cm.
Sermons and selections by : Robert Cushman -- John Winthrop -- John Cotton -- Thomas Hooker -- Thomas Shepard -- Jonathan Mitchel -- Samuel Danforth -- Increase Mather -- Cotton Mather -- Solomon Stoddard -- Benjamin Colman -- Charles Chauncy -- Mather Byles -- Jonathan Edwards -- Samuel Johnson -- Jonathan Mayhew -- Samuel Davies -- Samuel Finley -- A sermon in praise of swearing / Anon. -- Samuel Cooke -- Nathanael Emmons -- Devereux Jarratt -- Lemuel Haynes -- Absalom Jones -- John Comly -- William Ellery Channing -- Ralph Waldo Emerson -- Joseph Smith -- Theodore Parker -- Lucretia Mott -- Brother Carper -- Henry Ward Beecher -- David Einhorn -- Dwight Lyman Moody -- Octavius Brooks Frothingham -- T. De Witt Talmage -- Sam P. Jones -- Phillips Brooks -- Francis J. Grimké -- J. Gresham Machen -- Aimee Semple McPherson -- Reuben Archer Torrey -- Harry Emerson Fosdick -- Billy Sunday -- Abba Hillel Silver -- C.C. Lovelace -- Paul Tillich -- Reinhold Niebuhr -- C.L. Franklin -- Fulton J. Sheen -- Martin Luther King, Jr. -- John Courtney Murray -- Abraham Joshua Heschel.
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Christiana and John Tillson moved from Massachusetts to central Illinois in 1822. Upon arriving in Montgomery County near what would soon be Hillsboro, they set up a general store and real estate business and began to raise a family.

A half century later, Christiana Tillson wrote about her early days in Illinois in a memoir published by R. R. Donnelley in 1919. In it she describes her husband's rise to wealth through the speculative land boom during the 1820s and 1830s and his loss of fortune when the land business went bust after the Specie Circular was issued in 1836.

The Tillsons lived quite ordinary lives in extraordinary times, notes Kay J. Carr, introducing this edition. Their views and sensibilities, Carr says, might seem strange to us, but they were entirely normal to people in the early nineteenth century. Thus Tillson's memoir provides vignettes of ordinary nineteenth-century American life.

Author Notes

Michael Warner is professor of English at Rutgers University. His most recent works include American Sermons: The Pilgrims to Martin Luther King , and his essays and journalism have appeared in the Village Voice , the Nation , and other magazines.

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Booklist Review

The contents of the latest Library of America anthology appear chronologically according to publication or, because they were composed to be spoken, delivery dates. The Puritans' lengthy sermons follow a four-part formula, tediously to modern tastes. From the mid^-eighteenth century on, the sermons become shorter and more spontaneous, and their subjects become more engaging. Still observing the old format, Jonathan Mayhew's 1750 sermon on the obligation to obey kings intriguingly anticipates the Declaration of Independence. In 1808 the first African American Episcopal priest preaches against slavery. As the Mexican War breaks out, Theodore Parker declaims against all war. In 1864 Rabbi David Einhorn eloquently decries declaring the U.S. a Christian nation. In the late 1870s, liberal Octavius Brooks Frothingham reasons against "The Dogma of Hell," and fundamentalist Dwight L. Moody extemporizes "On Being Born Again." There are fine later sermons from both liberal and fundamentalist camps and more dazzling outpourings from revivalists and the black church. Martin Luther King Jr.'s last sermon concludes the exceptionally rich collection. --Ray Olson

Library Journal Review

Library of Americas latest tome rounds up in chronological order 58 sermons, from Robert Cushmans address to the colony of Plimmoth in New England in 1621 to Kings 1968 Ive been to the mountaintop speech. This also includes biographical notes and notes on the texts. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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