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April 12 – The Unmaking (and Remaking) of Protestant New York Elite and Evangelical Churches in the Early Republic & Antebellum City


Evangelicalism is not often associated with cities, much less New York. But it was a powerful force shaping Gotham in the early 1800s, as New York went from relative colonial backwater to emerging global behemoth. New York City is also where the dominant churches of the British era most powerfully encountered the forces which challenged and transformed Protestantism in the U.S. after independence and before the Civil War—not just disestablishment and revivalism, but the growing market economy, slavery and immigration.

Join us for a conversation with Kyle Roberts, author of Evangelical Gotham: Religion and the Making of New York City, 1783-1860, and Kyle T. Bulthuis, author of Four Steeples over the City Streets: Religion and Society in New York’s Early Republic Congregations, about how these churches responded to these immense social, economic and political changes, and how they in turn reconfigured life in Gotham.

Co-sponsored by The Gotham Center for New York City History and The Museum of the City of New York


April 12 – 6:30 pm



The Graduate Center, CUNY

William P. Kelly Skylight Room (9th Floor)

365 Fifth Ave., btw. 34th and 35th St.


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