"Providence and the Invention of American History" by Sarah Koenig

Providence and the Invention of American History Sarah Koenig

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
27 Jul 2021
ISBN:
9780300251005
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
296 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
9 b-w illus.

Sarah Koenig traces the rise and fall of Protestant missionary Marcus Whitman’s legend, revealing two patterns in the development of American history. On the one hand is providential history, marked by the conviction that God is an active agent in human history and that historical work can reveal patterns of divine will. On the other hand is objective or scientific history, which arose initially in the pleas of Catholics and other racial and religious outsiders who resisted providentialists’ pejorative descriptions of non-Protestants and nonwhites.

Sarah Koenig is assistant professor of history at Ramapo College. She earned her joint Ph.D. in History and Religious Studies from Yale University. She was born and raised in Oregon and now lives in Waldwick, NJ.