Elijah pierson, introduction and parts 1 through 4 summary and analysis introduction: elijah pierson was among the first members of matthias's cult he was a very unlikely candidate for much membership. Robert matthews (1788-c 1841) was an american carpenter, businessman, and religious figure who gathered a cult-like following in 1830s new york his aliases included robert matthias , jesus matthias , matthias the prophet , and joshua the jewish minister. The kingdom of matthias is as exciting as a novel: it has sex, a weird religious cult, a murder mystery, and an ending that is truly a surprise it is also a serious work of historical scholarship - in short, a wonderful book that will keep you up all night -katha pollitt. Tensions in the kingdom finally explode when matthias is tried for fraud and then murder his exploits become a national scandal robert matthews and elijah pierson are both raised in the calvinist tradition, which teaches that men have god-given power and authority over women.
Coupon: rent the kingdom of matthias a story of sex and salvation in 19th-century america 2nd edition (9780199892495) and save up to 80% on textbook rentals and 90% on used textbooks. In order to understand the ramifications of matthias s formation of his kingdom, the social,financial, ethnic, and sexual conditions of the times must be realized as the catalysts that cause the cults to form. Matthias is the main character in aurelio lippo brandolini's republics and kingdoms compared, a dialogue on the comparison of the two forms of government   according to brandolini, matthias said a monarch is at the head of the law and rules over it when summing up his own concepts of state. Robert matthews, later matthias, an impoverished carpenter who had beaten and abandoned his wife and children, engaged pierson's interest and used his resources to start his own kingdom, a communal patriarchy that advocated abundant food, naked bathing, wife-swapping, and complete obedience.
Show summary details preview this section provides details of the aftermath of the prophet matthias's incarceration and conveys various newspapers' accounts at the outcome of matthias's trial. The kingdom of matthias by johnson and wilentz examines the remarkable stories of two nineteenth century new yorkers who are dramatically transformed by the market revolution and the second great awakening. The kingdom of matthias: a story of sex and salvation in 19th-century america prophet matthias, a self-styled prophet in new york city, was the center of rumors of a strange cult that conducted its activities around the city. In the book, kingdom of matthias, by paul johnson and simon wilentz, they describe the life of two females, isabella van wagenen and isabella matthews laisdell which whom were affected by slavery and high influences of higher power from men. Paul johnson and sean wilentz brilliantly recapture the forgotten story of matthias the prophet, imbuing their richly researched account with the dramatic force of a novel.
The kingdom of matthias robert matthews proclaims himself the prophet of truth, but is he actually the prophet of tradition the truth, as matthews sees it, is nothing more than the principles and standards he learned as a boy in the farming town of cambridge, new york. Full book notes and study guides sites like sparknotes with a the kingdom of matthias study guide or cliff notes also includes sites with a short overview, synopsis, book report, or summary of paul e johnson's the kingdom of matthias. By the time the tensions within the kingdom exploded into a clash with the law, matthias had become a national scandal written with the sweep and narrative drive of a best seller.
The kingdom of matthias a story of sex and salvation in 19th-century america second edition paul e johnson and sean wilentz microhistory classic. Chicago johnson, paul e, 1942- the kingdom of matthias new york :oxford university press, 1994. This is just a preview the entire section has 3227 words click below to download the full study guide for kingdom of matthias.
Show summary details preview this chapter discusses in detail the life of elijah pierson, who was one of new york's best-known religious reformers in the 1820s and who helped inaugurate the sabbatarian campaign, the key evangelical political initiative of the day. The kingdom of matthias: a story of sex and salvation in 19th-century america aug 3, 1995 by paul e johnson and sean wilentz paperback $1478 $ 14 78 $1999. 'the kingdom of matthias' book review by writingsensation 'the kingdom of matthias' a review of 'the kingdom of matthias: a story of sex and salvation in 19th-century america' by paul e johnson and sean wilentz. Robert matthews, later matthias, an impoverished carpenter who had beaten and abandoned his wife and children, engaged pierson's interest and used his resources to start his own kingdom, a communal patriarchy that advocated ``abundant'' food, naked bathing, wife-swapping, and complete obedience.