The Kingdom of Matthias

The Kingdom of Matthias : Story of Sex and Salvation in Nineteenth-century America

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The Prophet Mathias (Robert Matthews) was the leader of one of the most bizarre religious cults in 1830s America, in New York City. Within three years of the founding of the cult, he found himself the subject of America's first major newspaper scandal, a drama involving not just religious fanaticism but sexual depravity and homicide as well. This study reveals much about class, religious attitudes, sexual practices, and social tension in the USA in the 1830s.
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  • Hardback | 235 pages
  • 142.24 x 205.74 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • frontispiece, 4 pp halftones, bibliography
  • 0195038274
  • 9780195038279

About Paul E. Johnson

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Paul E. Johnson is teaches history at the University of Utah, and is the author of A Shopkeeper's Millennium. Sean Wilentz is Professor of History at Princeton University. An editor of Dissent, and a regular contributor to The New Republic, he is also the author of Chants Democratic.
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