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Religion and Women

James A. Ramage and Andrea S. Watkins

in Kentucky Rising

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134406
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135977 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813134406.003.0008
Religion and Women

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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

Chapter.  9190 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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