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Revolutionary Anglicanism

The Colonial Church of England Clergy during the American Revolution


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Nancy L. Rhoden
    Pages 1-9
  3. Nancy L. Rhoden
    Pages 37-63
  4. Nancy L. Rhoden
    Pages 116-143
  5. Nancy L. Rhoden
    Pages 144-147
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 148-205

About this book


This study describes the diverse experiences and political opinions of the colonial Anglican clergy during the American Revolution. As an intercolonial study, it depicts regional variations, but also the full range of ministerial responses including loyalism, neutrality, and patriotism. Rhoden explores the extraordinary dilemmas which tested these members of the King's church, from the 1760s controversy over a proposed episcopate to the 1780s formation of the Episcopal Church, and thoroughly demonstrates the impact of the Revolution on their lives and their church.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Southern IndianaEvansvilleUSA

About the authors

NANCY L. RHODEN earned her doctorate from Princeton University in 1994, she is currently Assistant Professor of History at the University of Southern Indiana. She is co-editor and contributor to The Human Tradition in Colonial America and The Human Tradition in the American Revolution.

Bibliographic information


'A solid introduction to the denominational history of the Anglican Church during this period. It also gestures toward larger questions of allegiance during the revolution and the creation of American national identity.' - Peter Thompson, Ecclesiastical History