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Apocalyptic GeographiesReligion, Media, and the American Landscape$
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Jerome Tharaud

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691200101

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691200101.001.0001

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(p.254) Epilogue
Apocalyptic Geographies

Jerome Tharaud

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks beyond the American Civil War to consider the ways evangelical space continued to shape how Americans saw the landscape and themselves in literary realism to the conservation movement. It mentions how Mark Twain became a representative figure of how a secularizing America remained haunted by a sense of sacred presence rooted in the soil itself. It reviews the story about the rise of white Protestant evangelicals within U.S. national culture and how their form of evangelical space became American space by the eve of the Civil War. The chapter explores the ironic story about how evangelical space escaped control as writers and artists from other traditions reconfigured the relationship between landscape representation, media, and the sacred to produce their own apocalyptic geographies. It recounts how William Apess, Frederick Douglass, Phillis Wheatley, Robert S. Duncanson, and Henry Obookiah appropriated and adapted evangelical space.

Keywords:   American Civil War, evangelical space, literary realism, conservation movement, white Protestant evangelicals

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