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Beloved Strangers

Interfaith Families in Nineteenth Century America

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674423107

Publication Date: 10/15/2001

288 pages

7 halftones, 2 genealogy charts, 1 table


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Heavily documented with over 70 pages of footnotes and family trees, Rose’s analysis stays closer to thoughts and feelings, rarely straying into what she terms ‘quantifiable trends,’ a thing one sometimes wishes for as a point of comparison. While the vision is limited to the elite sector of society, it still makes an interesting read for American studies and religion collections.Library Journal

[T]his book is sure to find a sizable audience outside the academy. Not only did Rose hit upon a topic that will interest thousands of Americans, she has told the story of 19th-century intermarriage in crisp prose so accessible that Harvard ought to pass out copies to other scholars hoping to break out of the ivory tower.Publishers Weekly

This is a pioneering, eye-opening cultural history focused on American interfaith families begun by marriages celebrated between the War of 1812 and WWI. Rose examines 26 interfaith couples in 18 extended families, making available to readers a rich array of archival material, as well as memoirs and family histories. The result is a deeply contextualized, moving narrative tracing the contours of religious and social change during the pivotal century in which America became a ‘religiously diverse nation’… Rose shows readers the many complex ways in which ‘interfaith families helped change American religion,’ and she has bequeathed to future historians a whole array of new questions raised by this gracefully written, provocative, scholarly volume.—D. Campbell, Choice

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