CRRL Picks - Great Lives 2014 - Henry Ward Beecher
Annotation:Biographical approaches to history and culture. All lectures are open to the public free of charge; no tickets are required. Programs begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall.
Annotation:Considered one of the founding fathers of modern American Christianity, Beecher inserted himself into nearly every important drama of the era, among them the antislavery and women’s suffrage movements, the rise of the entertainment industry and tabloid press, and controversies ranging from Darwinian evolution to presidential politics. Beecher gained increased notoriety, garnering more newspaper headlines than the entire Civil War, when charges of adultery were brought against him. Applegate has written the definitive biography of this captivating, mercurial, and sometimes infuriating figure.
Annotation:Draws readers inside the circle of philosophers, scientists, politicians, businessmen, clergymen, and scholars who brought Charles Darwin's controversial ideas to America in the crucial years after the Civil War.
Annotation:The impressions of a young college student, Franklin Millard Drake, at a lecture presented by Beecher in 1858. Journal of Presbyterian History (1962-1985) , Vol. 40, No. 3 (September 1962) , pp. 187-188
Annotation:A look at the famous minister, his role in social reform, and the notoriety he received as the result of a scandal. "Henry Ward Beecher." Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936. Biography in Context. Web. 20 Dec. 2013.
Annotation:Beecher as seen through the eyes of a lifelong personal acquaintance. The American Journal of Theology , Vol. 8, No. 4 (Oct., 1904) , pp. 790-795
Annotation:Biographical sketches of the intriguing Beecher Family can be found on the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center website.
Annotation:The Reverend Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) was the most popular and controversial Christian minister in the United States for more than three decades, from the 1850s through the 1880s. This brief overview of his life includes an extensive bibliography of additional articles about this interesting historical figure.
Annotation:In 1847, the new congregation known as Plymouth Church called the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher as its first pastor. At this pivotal moment in history, the members of Plymouth launched one of the great and most influential ministries in 19th century America.
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Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in UMW’s Dodd Auditorium, Debby Applegate, Pulitzer Prize winning author of “The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher,” will discuss the controversial man, who was one of the founding fathers of modern American Christianity.