“Try to Live the Life of a Christian”

Sean A. Scott

in A Visitation of God

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395990
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866557 | DOI:
“Try to Live the Life of a Christian”

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Many women on the home front had to cope with the absence of their men during the war, and personal faith played a prominent role in helping them deal with what sometimes seemed like overwhelming changes. In letters to soldiers, wives and mothers encouraged their loved ones to abstain from the evils of camp life and preserve a Christian testimony while in the army. Some historians of women have interpreted these moral appeals as evidence of dominant social values, such as female domesticity or the cult of true womanhood, but a careful reading of female correspondence reveals that sincerely held theological beliefs prompted these admonitions.

Keywords: women; theological beliefs; prayer; domesticity; camp life

Chapter.  11969 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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