It may be easily shown, and is of no small significance, that the two great ideas of which the anglosaxon is the exponent are having a fuller development in the united states than in great britain. Watching the volley of this political tennis match is daunting, but necessary to me. Josiah strong, a prominent congregationalist minister from ohio, was among the most concerned. Strong was born into an illinois family with deep colonial roots. A protestant clergyman, josiah strong, was a key leader in the social gospel movement, which tried to use christian philosophy to promote social change. Contains correspondence between josiah strong and fairchild. His purchase of alaska from russia which of the following decisions taken by william seward was known as sewards folly. Our country vaulted strong into the national limelight and led to his appointment as secretary of a protestant ecumenical agency known as the american evangelical alliance.
Josiah strong was a protestant clergyman who had a tremendous impact on society in america in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is most known for his contribution to the social gospel movement with his work our country in 1885. Josiah strong, from our country 1885 no writer did more to popularize the idea of anglosaxon supremacy than the protestant clergyman josiah strong. Josiah strong 18471916 was a protestant clergyman and author. Josiah strong, our country 1885 it seems to me that god, with infinite wisdom and skill, is training the anglosaxon race for an hour sure to come in the worlds future. Its possible future and its present crisis, intended to promote domestic missionary activity in the american west. Its possible future and its present crisis, published in 1885. In addition he seems to promote imperialism and the race at the same time in which he claims that the anglo saxon race is known for its expansion of commerce to world. Its possible future and its present crisis, the reverend josiah strong advocated american expansion. No writer did more to popularize the idea of anglosaxon supremacy than the protestant clergyman josiah strong. He was a leader of the third great awakening and a founder of the. In our country, strong articulated some of his most strongly held beliefs. Josiah strongs our country was written for a limited purpose.
John strong 16051699 two 10th great grandfathers on. Strong spent some time as pastor of a home missionary church in. Its possible future and its present crisis, which looked at a series of perils to the american west that threaten to destroy the whole american way of life. Its possible future and present crisis expressing his fears of the inability of. In our country strong establishes his case for the importance of american expansion and the importance of elevating lesser races to become strong christian members of american society.
He believed a strong christian influence was crucial for making america great, and that immigration to major cities was a critical problem for the country. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. In his 1885 book our country, strong argued that anglosaxons are a superior. Claimed that americans were a special, god favored anglosaxon race who. Josiah strong, our country and its possible future, 1885 a. His most wellknown and influential work was our country. It created a strong support for imperialistic united states policy among many protestants in the united states in the possible future portion of the book, strong.
In his 1885 book our country, strong argued that anglosaxons are a superior race who must chris. Written circa 1885 by a clergyman, the book, as expected, has too much religion indoctrination for my taste and a tad bit of xenophobia. Rich in idealistic exhortation and social commentary, the. Its possible future and its present crisis, the reverend josiah strong advocated american expansion to spread american religion and values by the 1980s, the united states was bursting with a new sense of power generated by an increase in. Its possible future and its present crisis, in which he urged anglosaxons to civilize and christianize the american west. He wanted to use protestant principles to fix the problems of industrialization, urbanization, and immigration. Among the egyptians this seminal idea was life, among the persians it was light. The following excerpts are taken from pages 17477 of his book, our country. Its possible future and its present crisis, the reverend josiah strong advocated american expansion a. Josiah strong 18471916 was an american protestant clergyman, missionary leader and author. His most wellknown and influential work was entitled our country. Josiah strong was a clergyman and writer who preached of the saving power of protestant religious values. In it, he expressed his views that it is the anglosaxons white americans duty to assimilate the other lesser races into itself, and created a pure, christian, anglosaxon world. Josiah strong papers, 18551969 columbia university.
Josiah strong april 14, 1847 june 26, 1916, american. John strong is my 10th great grandfather, on my fathers side of the family. Josiah strong was a protestant clergyman who had a tremendous impact on society in america in the late 19th and early 20th. Its possible future and its present crisis, intended to promote foreign missionary activity. Darwin is not only disposed to see, in the superior vigor of our people, an illustration of his favorite theory of natural selection, but even intimates that the worlds history thus far has been simply preparatory for our future, and tributary to it. Josiah strong 18471918 josiah strong was born in 1847. Lately, i have been praying for a leader like josiah. Get an answer for how would you describe josiah strongs views. Strong appears to have been close to his children, as evident in his correspondence with his daughters in the collection. This book helped start a naval race among the great powers and moved the u. Strongs writings, which connected ideas of racial superiority with a christian missionary impulse, showed how evangelical christianity could provide the underpinnings for american empire.
The bible is clear that we should pray for our leaders and i am sure people are praying every day. Blaine pushed his big sister policy, which sought better. Strong had three daughters named mary, elsie, and margery, and one son, howard. Josiah strong, our country 1885 every race which has deeply impressed itself on the human family has been the representative of some great ideaone or morewhich had given direction to the nations life and form to its civilization.
When he was five years old, strongs family moved to hudson, ohio, and it was there that he spent the rest of his childhood. Josiah strong 18471916 was an american protestant clergyman, missionary. Its possible future and its present crisis, the reverend josiah strong advocated american expansion to spread american religion and values by the 1890s, the u. To ask other readers questions about our country, please sign up. The author, a protestant clergyman, believes that the anglosaxon race, especially as it has developed in america, is the bearer of liberty and christianity to the rest of the world. Its possible future and its present crisis, was written for a limited purpose. He attended western reserve college, graduating in 1869, and entered seminary school at lane theological seminary. The author expresses that the anglosaxons can adapt to any environment and thrive in. The reverend josiah strong fueled the hatred and discrimination in his bestselling book, our country. He was a leader of the third great awakening and a founder of the social gospel movement that sought to apply protestant religious principles to solve the social ills brought on by industrialization, urbanization and immigration. I am concerned with the state of our country and the future of my children from a national standpoint. Heretofore there has always been in the history of the world a comparatively unoccupied land westward, into which the crowded countries of the east have poured their surplus. In a revised edition that reflected the 1890 census records, he clearly identified undesirable immigrantsthose from southern and eastern european countriesas a key threat to the moral fiber of the country, and urged all good americans to face the challenge.
Beginning in 1885, strong published several influential books that dealt with religious. Its possible future and its present crisis, illustrates the feeling of white superiority in the united states in the 1880s and 1890s. He was a leader of the social gospel movement, calling for social justice and combating social evils. During his stint at central, strong was asked to update a manual used by the congregational missionary society. He is controversial, however, due to his beliefs about race and methods of converting people to christianity. What did josiah strong have to do with american empire. Ive written extensively about roger clapp in other posts. Its possible future and its present crisis by josiah. A type of newspaper, used most notably by joseph pulitzer and william randolph hearst, which described foreign exploits as manly adventures. Or, the coming kingdom 1898 by josiah strong complete text from books address of rev. Josiah strong april 14, 1847 june 26, 1916 was an american protestant clergyman. Strong, like many other people, believed the anglosaxon people were superior to. Josiah strong, from our country 1885 this selection from josiah strongs book, our country.
Josiah strong was an american protestant clergyman, organizer, editor and author. Joshiah strong, our country 1885 josiah strongs our country 1885 advocates many of the theories justifying u. Why did the reverend josiah strong advocate american expansion. During the socalled gilded age, many social commentators worried about the effects of unchecked urban development. He supported missionary work so that all races could be improved and uplifted and thereby brought to christ. In 1893 he published a second book, entitled the new era, which enjoyed a similarly enthusiastic reception.
Author of our country, the challenge of the city, the next great awakening, the new era, the times and young men, our world, expansion under new worldconditions, the twentieth century city. In our country, strong articulated some of his most strongly. Our country, its possible future and its present crisis 0 copy quote. Its possible future and its present crisis, the reverend josiah strong advocated american expansion to spread american religion and values to backward nations which of the following was not among the small but dangerous international crises the u. Though we have made best efforts the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience.
Chapter 29 notes in his book our country its possible. This quiz will ask you five questions about josiah strongs influential book, our country. What do you know aboutt the author, what is his or her place in society. Josiah strong 18471916 was one of americas leading religious and social voices during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By exaggerating incidents, using scare headlines, printing lurid details of private lives, emphasizing scandals, and especially by using the developments in cuba prior to the spanishamerican war, these two papers increased their circulation and aroused. But it argued for foreign missions with ideas that captured a much wider audience than the limited one strong had in mind. The result was our country 1885, one of the most influential books of the late nineteenth century. Interestingly, he emigrated from england to the massachusetts colony on the ship mary and john, the same ship that my 10th great grandfather on my mothers side captain roger clapp, arrived on. Which of the following arguments was made by reverend josiah strong in his book our country. Us history since 1865 primary source 2 josiah strongs. Josiah strong 18471916 was a clergyman and writer who preached of the saving power of protestant religious values.
The book quickly sold almost 200,000 copies, and became something of a bible for those who were ready to be convinced that it was the destiny of. Lesser races, strong felt, were those who were nonenglish speaking immigrants. The book will speak for itself to every man who cares enough. Josiah strong april 14, 1847 june 26, 1916 was an american protestant clergyman, organizer, editor and author. A clergyman who proposed revolutionary religionoriented solutions to perceived inequities in americas social and economic network, josiah strong adhered to a brand of christianity that came to be known as christian socialism. Aclergyman who proposed revolutionary religionoriented solutions to perceived inequities. Unpublished papers in repository available for viewing at oberlin james harris fairchild 18171902 was born in stockbridge, massachusetts and grew up in brownhelm in the western reserve of northern ohio. He served as general secretary 18861898 of the evangelical alliance. Josiah strongs our country josiah strongs our country.950 1485 227 997 1461 1296 521 606 1402 698 1175 1653 750 1601 2 726 909 107 471 792 391 664 885 1520 1045 960 748 1216 1072 182 891 659 1169 1338 700 626 1211 87 1126 700 1422