By Larry Witham
The phrases That Stirred a kingdom
From colonial instances to the current, from Abraham Lincoln to Billy Graham, the sermon has been the dynamic medium by which the USA conducts its most crucial debates, motivating us to struggle wars in addition to struggle for peace and eventually defining the process our background. A urban Upon a Hill tells the yank tale via those strong phrases, exhibiting us at our best—and occasionally at our worst.
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Extra resources for A City Upon a Hill: How Sermons Changed the Course of American History
The role of rumour Rumour undoubtedly played a key part in bringing about a rebellion. Fear, and the anger which it engendered, lay behind many revolts. In Yorkshire in 1536 people believed that their parish plate and jewels were going to be seized, their churches destroyed, taxes imposed on christenings, marriages and burials, and laws passed prohibiting the eating of white bread, geese and chickens. And once an uprising began, news spread to neighbouring areas and triggered further disturbances, often out of solidarity with their fellow commons.
For instance, paragraphs 2, 3, 4 and 5 provide a chronological assessment of various factions and only in 5 are synoptic and comparative points made. Cross-references to any similarities and differences could have been usefully made in paragraphs 2, 3 and 4. 2 The Nature of Rebellions OVERVIEW This chapter examines the frequency and nature of rebellions in Tudor England and Ireland under the following headings: • • • • • • • • Objectives, duration and location Leadership Strategy and tactics Organisation Size, support and frequency Irish rebellions Conclusion: success or failure?
Both sets of rebels, however, contained radical elements who professed a desire to ‘kill all the gentlemen’. We cannot say whether this was an empty gesture or a serious threat but it served to underline the tension that existed between the commons and the gentry. Essay focus Look at Essays 1 and 2 on pages 28–33. Each refers to economic and social causes: very briefly in the case of Essay 1, paragraph 4, and in more detail in Essay 2, paragraph 9. Notice how Essay 2 uses factual evidence to cover synoptically five rebellions across the whole period.
A City Upon a Hill: How Sermons Changed the Course of American History by Larry Witham