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Author Wosh, Peter J.

Title Spreading the word : the Bible business in nineteenth-century America / Peter J. Wosh.

Publication Info. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1994.

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Description 1 online resource (xii, 271 pages) : illustrations.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Tells how the American Bible Society, a modest antebellum reform agency, responded to cataclysmic social change and grew to be a nonprofit corporate bureaucracy that managed, among other projects, what was one of the largest publishing houses in the United States.
Contents 1. A Bible House in the City -- 2. From Civic Humanitarianism to Corporate Benevolence: The Changing Nature of the Board of Managers -- 3. Local Particularism and National Interests: Creating the Agency System, 1816-1830 -- 4. The Limits of Consensus in a Capitalist Metropolis: The Problem of Mariners and "Papists" -- 5. The Limits of Consensus in a Christian Republic: Jacksonians, Baptists, Translators, and Abolitionists -- 6. "Motives of Both Duty and Expediency": Entering the Foreign Field, 1831-1844 -- 7. Making Agents Accountable: Bureaucratization and the Agency System, 1845-1865 -- 8. Race, War, and Sectionalism: Reconstructing the Southern Agencies, 1850-1867 -- 9. Bringing System and Order to the Agency: Bible Work in the Levant, 1854-1889 -- Epilogue: From "Missionary Basis" to "Business Basis"? Isaac Bliss's Strange Lament.
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Subject American Bible Society -- History -- 19th century.
Bible -- Publication and distribution -- United States.
American Bible Society
American Bible Society.
United States -- Social conditions.
United States -- Economic conditions.
Genre/Form History.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Wosh, Peter J. Spreading the word. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1994 0801429285 (DLC) 93043880 (OCoLC)29466230
ISBN 9781501711459 (electronic bk.)
1501711458 (electronic bk.)