This first biography of Selina Campbell opens a window onto the adventure of girls in a single of the main dynamic spiritual teams of 19th-century America.

Loretta M. lengthy examines the lifestyles and effect of Selina Campbell, probably the most obvious ladies within the 19th-century Disciples of Christ move. most sensible often called the spouse of Alexander Campbell, founding father of the Disciples, Selina Campbell either formed and exemplified the role

of girls during this dynamic non secular staff (also often called the Stone-Campbell movement). Her tale demonstrates the significance of religion within the lives of many ladies in this period and provides a brand new measurement to the idea that of the "separate spheres" of guys and ladies, which girls like Campbell interpreted within the context in their spiritual beliefs.

A loved ones supervisor, mom, author, and good friend, Campbell held sway basically within the family sphere, yet she was once no longer held captive through it. Her courting together with her husband used to be based on a deep feel of partnership conditioned by way of their powerful religion in an omnipotent God. Each

of them took on complementary roles based on the perceived usual talents in their genders: Alexander trusted Selina to regulate his estate and lift the kids whereas he traveled the rustic preaching. Campbell outlived her husband via 30 years, and through that point released numerous newspaper articles and supported new factors, resembling ladies in missions.

In the tip, as lengthy amply demonstrates, Selina Campbell was once neither her husband's shadow nor completely a household employee. She was once, in her husband's eyes, a whole companion and a "fellow soldier" within the reason behind Restoration.

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