Sing Them Over Again to Me: Hymns and Hymnbooks in America

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Mark A. Noll, Edith Waldvogel Blumhofer
University of Alabama Press, Apr 30, 2006 - Music - 260 pages
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Hymns and hymnbooks as American historical and cultural icons.

This work is a study of the importance of Protestant hymns in defining America and American religion. It explores the underappreciated influence of hymns in shaping many spheres of personal and corporate life as well as the value of hymns for studying religious life. Distinguishing features of this volume are studies of the most popular hymns (“Amazing Grace,” “O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”), with attention to the ability of such hymns to reveal, as they are altered and adapted, shifts in American popular religion. The book also focuses attention on the role hymns play in changing attitudes about race, class, gender, economic life, politics, and society.

  

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Contents

The History of a Hymn and a Cultural Icon
3
O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing and the Development of American Methodism
20
Signficant Variations on a Significant Theme
43
II Hymns and Hymnbooks as Cultural Icons
75
4 Textual Editing and the Making of Hymns in NineteenthCentury America
77
5 Textual Changes in Popular Occasional Hymns Found in American Evangelical Hymnals
98
More Than Meets the I
122
7 Fanny Crosby William Doane and the Making of Gospel Hymns in the Late Nineteenth Century
152
III Understanding the Classical Era of American Protestantism through Hymns
173
Richard Allen and the Making of African Methodism
175
Hymn Narratives of a Pilgrim Communitys Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come 18301890
194
Hymns in the Religious and Social Experience of Children 17801850
214
11 Domesticity in American Hymns 18201870
235
Contributors
253
Index
255
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Mark A. Noll is McManis Chair of Christian Thought at Wheaton College and coeditor with Edith L. Blumhofer of Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land: Hymnody in the History of North American Protestantism. Edith L. Blumhofer is Director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, Professor of History at Wheaton College, and author of Aimee Semple McPherson: Everybody’s Sister.  

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