Long after the American revolution, social movements played important roles in the development of the United States as a nation, helping to define and express identities that were both larger and smaller than the nation itself. Movements that were founded to advance certain goals - temperance, religious conversion, or the abolition of slavery - consciously helped to shape and define "Americanness" and therefore played an important role in constituting the nation itself. Movements inspired by Protestantism have been a particular force. To outsiders - immigrants, the irreligious, non-Protestants, or foreigners - American social movements sought to impose American civilization on peoples, lands, and nations outside their cultural or political domain, all justified as a mission sanctioned and supervised by God.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||16|
|State||Published - Nov 2000|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Sociology and Political Science