The Newberry Library Colloquium

Dangerous Spirits: Alcohol, Native Revivalism, and Quaker Reform
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

4 – 5 pm

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

Michael Goode, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, UIC; 2012-13 Scholar-in-Residence, Newberry Library

In eighteenth-century America, Native American revivalists characterized the Indian demand for alcohol in religious terms, describing its potentially destructive power in language Christians would use to describe spiritual possession. This colloquium will explore how nativist concerns about alcohol intersected with Pennsylvania Quaker temperance reform and religious renewal. While scholars recognize the influence of Christianity on nativist prophets, Michael Goode will emphasize the degree to which Indian revivalists influenced Pennsylvania Quaker reformers. In both communities, alcohol was a dangerous spirit.

The Newberry Library Colloquium is a weekly gathering of Newberry staff members, fellows, scholars-in-residence, and readers on Wednesday afternoon. Refreshments are available at 3:30 pm and an informal presentation begins at 4 pm, followed by discussion. The talks are varied, but all relate to the Newberry collections in some way. Speakers may describe a current research project, highlight a particular collection, or discuss one of the Library’s many ongoing or special programs. The Colloquium is open to the public and no reservations are required.

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