American Victorianism

American Victorianism - A merican Victorianism 11/22 -11/29...

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American “Victorianism” 11/22 -11/29 I. Introduction A. Society can be divided into subcultures: slave subculture, roman catholi- cism, etc. B. 19th century America: major cultural institutions were dominated by literate, white, anglo-saxon, middle class men and women C. Effort to humanize 19th market capitalism, by infusing it to strict social val- ues II. Major Victorian Beliefs A. God 1. God was distinct from the created order, but the created order provided clear evidence of God’s existence a) believed science provided proof of existence B. Moral Law 1. Universal moral laws designed to govern human behavior -- associated morality with religion itself 2. Emphasis on morality rather than piety 3. These moral laws had been established by God -- revealed in scripture 4. Sexual repression, self improvement, postponement of self-gratification, etc. (values conductive to American capitalism system) C. Progress 1. Values like being on time and self reliance allowed people to move for-
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2011 for the course HI 151 taught by Professor Roberts during the Fall '10 term at BU.

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