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Kentucky RisingDemocracy, Slavery, and Culture from the Early Republic to the Civil War$
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James A. Ramage

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134406

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134406.001.0001

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Religion and Women

Religion and Women

Toward a More Compassionate Home Life

(p.148) 7 Religion and Women
Kentucky Rising

James A. Ramage

Andrea S. Watkins

University Press of Kentucky

In 1801, an evangelical revival began in Kentucky, near Paris, at the Presbyterian Cane Ridge Meetinghouse. Individuals were quick to dedicate their lives to religion as they listened to preachers. Women found that church membership and activities enabled them to step outside the bonds of patriarchy. Church attendance fostered a female community and allowed them to escape from their oppressive lives of cleaning and caregiving. Churches also gave women an opportunity to work outside of the home as teachers or nurses.

Keywords:   women, church, Baptist, Presbyterian, religion

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