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Religions 2017, 8(1), 5; doi:10.3390/rel8010005

Religion, the Federalists, and American Nationalism

Department of History, University of Northwestern—St. Paul, St. Paul, MN 55113, USA
Academic Editor: Mark T. Edwards
Received: 30 September 2016 / Revised: 23 December 2016 / Accepted: 27 December 2016 / Published: 5 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Christian Nationalism in the United States)
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Abstract

It may seem a truism to assert that the Federalist Party in the Early American Republic possessed a nationalist emphasis, but the question remains as to the character of their nationalism. This article draws on categories from the historian John D. Wilsey to determine how “open” or “closed” Federalist nationalism was. It looks to public utterances of Federalist leaders to find that they attempted to hold up the nation as an ideal, but that they avoided expansionistic tendencies in foreign affairs. This allows the article to posit Federalist nationalism as “open.” It then considers what role religion played in supporting this “open” Federalist nationalism. It finds that Federalist religious nationalism developed in three stages: “Republican,” “Federalist,” and “Voluntarist,” as Federalists responded to needs within, and changes to, the new nation. The article concludes that religion (predominantly Protestant Christianity) thus operated creatively in support of an “open” Federalist nationalism. View Full-Text
Keywords: Christian Nationalism; civil religion; politics; Federalist Party; voluntarism; Protestantism; United States; Early American Republic; religion in America; religion and politics Christian Nationalism; civil religion; politics; Federalist Party; voluntarism; Protestantism; United States; Early American Republic; religion in America; religion and politics
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