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Spreading the word : the Bible business in nineteenth-century America / Peter J. Wosh.

Wosh, Peter J. (Author).
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Subject: American Bible Society > History > 19th century.
Bible > Publication and distribution > United States.
American Bible Society
American Bible Society.
Bible.
United States > Social conditions.
United States > Economic conditions.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781501711459
  • ISBN: 1501711458
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xii, 271 pages) : illustrations.
  • Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1994.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 1. A Bible House in the City -- 2. From Civic Humanitarianism to Corporate Benevolence: The Changing Nature of the Board of Managers -- 3. Local Particularism and National Interests: Creating the Agency System, 1816-1830 -- 4. The Limits of Consensus in a Capitalist Metropolis: The Problem of Mariners and "Papists" -- 5. The Limits of Consensus in a Christian Republic: Jacksonians, Baptists, Translators, and Abolitionists -- 6. "Motives of Both Duty and Expediency": Entering the Foreign Field, 1831-1844 -- 7. Making Agents Accountable: Bureaucratization and the Agency System, 1845-1865 -- 8. Race, War, and Sectionalism: Reconstructing the Southern Agencies, 1850-1867 -- 9. Bringing System and Order to the Agency: Bible Work in the Levant, 1854-1889 -- Epilogue: From "Missionary Basis" to "Business Basis"? Isaac Bliss's Strange Lament.
Summary: Tells how the American Bible Society, a modest antebellum reform agency, responded to cataclysmic social change and grew to be a nonprofit corporate bureaucracy that managed, among other projects, what was one of the largest publishing houses in the United States.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.

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