Historical Studies of Protestantism in American Culture II

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Start Date: 
Mon, 08/01/1988
End Date: 
Mon, 07/31/1989

In “Historical Studies of Protestantism in American Culture II,” William Hutchison continued the work began in “Historical Studies I” on mainstream American Protestantism. Over the academic year 1988-89, part I of the project under the theme of “Historical Studies II” supported the work of eight Lilly Research Fellows in the areas of power relationships within mainline Protestantism, mainline Protestantism and American Culture, and mainline Protestantism and “ the outsiders.” Part II, “Gender and Mainstream Protestantism,” involved the work of Carolyn DeSwarte Gifford who was appointed to Harvard’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program for the 1988-89 academic year as part of the project. Gifford prepared a selected edition of the journals of the 19th century women’s rights and temperance reformer Frances Willard; Gifford also taught a related course on “Nineteenth Century Women Reformers and Women’s Empowerment,” and researched on Methodism and women and social reform. The project enabled the completion of Hutchison’s book Between the Times: The Travail of the Protestant Establishment in America, 1900-1960 (Cambridge University Press, 1989).