Cultural Foundations of Moral Imagination

Yvonne C. Zimmerman

in Other Dreams of Freedom

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199942190
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980765 | DOI:


Cultural Foundations of Moral Imagination

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This chapter traces several key movements, including separate spheres gender ideology, the Cult of True Womanhood, and the ideology of romantic love, through which Protestant conceptions of morality became more broadly American moral views of gender propriety and sexual morality. As a result, Protestantism is part and parcel of U.S.-American culture and the complex of cultural values that is generally perceived as secular “American values.”

Keywords: separate spheres gender ideology; Cult of True Womanhood; ideology of romantic love; Protestant morality; American values

Chapter.  8818 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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