Apocalyptic rhetoric in the old Southwest /

dc.contributor.author Fletcher, David en_US
dc.contributor.department History en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-20T16:12:49Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-20T16:12:49Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_US
dc.description Adviser: David L. Rowe. en_US
dc.description.abstract Apocalyptic Rhetoric in the Old Southwest inquires how end-of-the-world and millennial language was used by those who inhabited or visited the nation's southwest frontier in the early 1800s. Emphasis is placed on the use of apocalyptic language in relation to two key events the revivals of 1800 and the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812-and the social and political changes of the early antebellum period, particularly in Tennessee. During the early nineteenth century, apocalyptic language in the Old Southwest came predominantly from Protestant or Christian sources, and its use by non-Christian sources was negligible. What is argued chiefly is the inherent ambiguity of apocalyptic language as represented by antithetical interpretations of the same event. This uncertainty is to be expected, because apocalyptic rhetoric is religious language filled with symbol, metaphor, and hyperbole. The fluidity of apocalyptic thought also illustrates the complex evolution of opposing millennial ideas, religious and political, that developed during the antebellum era. Eight illustrations, seven examples of primary texts, and a bibliography are included. en_US
dc.description.degree Ph.D. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/3859
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Millennialism Southwest, Old History en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Frontier and pioneer life Southwest, Old en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Southwest, Old Religion en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Southwest, Old History 19th century en_US
dc.subject.lcsh United States Intellectual life 19th century en_US
dc.subject.lcsh History, United States en_US
dc.subject.lcsh History, Modern en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Religion, History of en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Doctoral en_US
dc.title Apocalyptic rhetoric in the old Southwest / en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
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