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Boles, John B.

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Works: 54 works in 178 publications in 1 language and 14,047 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Biographies  Festschriften  Juvenile works  Pictorial works  Illustrated works  Archives 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by John B Boles
The Great Revival : beginnings of the Bible belt by John B Boles( )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in English and held by 2,051 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing upon the religious writings of southern evangelicals, John Boles asserts that the extraordinary crowds and miraculous transformations that distinguished the South's First Great Awakening were not simply instances of emotional excess but the expression of widespread and complex attitudes toward God. Converted southerners were starkly individualistic, interested more in gaining personal salvation in a hopelessly evil world than in improving society. As Boles shows in this landmark study, the effect of the Revival was to throw over the region a conservative cast that remains dominant in c
Seeing Jefferson anew : in his time and ours by Randal L Hall( )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""This is, by far, in my estimation, the most important, most perfectly balanced, most elegantly written, and most potentially useful such collection of historical essays I have seen since Beeman, Botein, and Carter II, Beyond Confederation, back in the 1970's."--John Lauritz Larson, Purdue University, author of The Market Revolution in America" "Although there are many good and important books on Jefferson, this collection serves a real need by gathering some of the best of the current scholarship into a single and relatively brief and readable volume."-Cynthia Kierner, George Mason University, author of Scandal at Bizarre: Rumor and Reputation in Jefferson's America" "Thomas Jefferson's ideas have been so important in shaping the character and aspirations of the United States that it has proven impossible to think about the state of the nation at almost any moment without implicit or explicit reference to his words and actions. In similar fashion, each generation has understood Jefferson in the context of the central issues of its time. Jefferson has, for better or for worse, been a man for all seasons." "The essays in this collection seek to update and reevaluate several key aspects of Jefferson's attitudes and policies in light of the newest research and at the same time take care to consider his ideas about such controversial topics as race, gender, and religion in the context of his own time and place. Simultaneously, the contributing authors analyze the relevance of Jefferson for our own age, conscious of how contemporary judgments about slavery, religion, and Native Americans, for example, shape our coming to terms with the nation's history. Here is no simple search for a usable past, but instead a tough-minded but fair examination of a complex man who in fundamental ways represents both the promise and the problems of the American experience." "John B. Boles is William P. Hobby Professor of History at Rice University and the editor of the Journal of Southern History." "Randal L. Hall is Adjunct Associate Professor of History at Rice University and managing editor of the Journal of Southern History."--Jacket
Black southerners, 1619-1869 by John B Boles( Book )

14 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and held by 1,369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This interpretation of the African-American experience in the South emphasizes the evolution of slavery over time and the emergence of a rich, hybrid African-American culture
Masters & slaves in the house of the Lord : race and religion in the American South, 1740-1870 by John B Boles( Book )

3 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in English and held by 1,345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Much that is commonly accepted about slavery and religion in the Old South is challenged in this significant book. The eight essays included here show that throughout the antebellum period, southern whites and blacks worshipped together, heard the same sermons, took communion and were baptized together, were subject to the same church discipline, and were buried in the same cemeteries. What was the black perception of white-controlled religious ceremonies? How did whites reconcile their faith with their racism? Why did freedmen, as soon as possible after the Civil War, withdraw from the biraci
University builder : Edgar Odell Lovett and the founding of the Rice Institute by John B Boles( )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and held by 1,269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rice University, one of America's preeminent institutions of higher education, grew out of the vision, direction, and leadership of one man: Edgar Odell Lovett (1871-1957). University Builder is the fascinating story of this extraordinary educator and the unique school he created. Widely acknowledged, almost from its founding in 1912, as one of America's best universities, Rice is distinguished as both the smallest and the youngest institution in the top tier of American universities. In telling the tale of Lovett and his innovative, enduring vision for Rice, John Boles provides both a compelling biographical narrative and a refreshing new view of American higher education in the first half of the twentieth century.--From jacket flap
The Great Revival, 1787-1805: the origins of the Southern evangelical mind by John B Boles( Book )

10 editions published between 1972 and 2001 in English and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jefferson : architect of American liberty by John B Boles( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As Alexander Hamilton's star has risen, Thomas Jefferson's has fallen, largely owing to their divergent views on race. Once seen as the most influential American champion of liberty and democracy, Jefferson is now remembered largely for his relationship with his slave Sally Hemings, and for electing not to free her or most of the other people he owned. In this magisterial biography, the eminent scholar John B. Boles does not ignore the aspects of Jefferson that trouble us today, but strives to see him in full, and to understand him amid the sweeping upheaval of his times. We follow Jefferson from his early success as an abnormally precocious student and lawyer in colonial Virginia through his drafting of the Declaration of Independence at age 33, his travels in Europe on the eve of the French Revolution, his acidic personal battles with Hamilton, his triumphant ascent to the presidency in 1801, his prodigious efforts to found the University of Virginia, and beyond. From Jefferson's inspiring defenses of political and religious liberty to his heterodox abridgment of Christian belief, Boles explores Jefferson's expansive intellectual life, and the profound impact of his ideas on the world. Boles overturns conventional wisdom at every turn, arguing, among other things, that Jefferson did not--as later southerners would--deem the states rightfully superior to the federal government. Yet Boles's view is not limited to politics and public life; we also meet Jefferson the architect, scientist, bibliophile, and gourmet--as well as Jefferson the gentle father and widower, doting on his daughters and longing for escape from the rancorous world of politics. As this authoritative, evenhanded portrait shows, Jefferson challenges us more thoroughly than any other founder; he was at once the most idealistic, contradictory, and quintessentially American of them all."--
A companion to the American South( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Companion to the American South surveys and evaluates the most important and innovative writing on the entire sweep of the history of the southern United States. Contains 29 original essays by leading experts in American Southern history. Covers the entire sweep of Southern history, including slavery, politics, the Civil War, race relations, religion, and women's history. Surveys and evaluates the best scholarship on every important era and topic. Summarizes current debates and anticipates future concerns
Religion in antebellum Kentucky by John B Boles( Book )

6 editions published between 1976 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Religion permeated the day-to-day life of antebellum Kentucky. This engaging account of Kentucky's various Christian denominations, first published as part of the Kentucky Bicentennial Bookshelf, traces the history of the Great Revival of 1800?1805, the subsequent schism in Protestant ranks, the rise of Catholicism, the development of a distinctive black Christianity, and the growth of a Christian antislavery tradition. Paying special attention to the role of religion in the everyday life of early Kentuckians and their heritage, John B. Boles provides a concise yet enlightening introduction to the faith and the people of the Bluegrass State. Religion In Antebellum Kentucky is an excellent survey of religion and its significance in the first eighty-five years of Kentucky's history."--Amazon
Religion in the South : essays by Charles Reagan Wilson( Book )

5 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interpreting southern history : historiographical essays in honor of Sanford W. Higginbotham( Book )

8 editions published between 1986 and 1995 in English and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Origins of the new South fifty years later : the continuing influence of a historical classic by Origins of the New South fifty years later: the continuing influence of a historical classic (Symposium)( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Woodward's work had an enormous interpretative impact on he historical academy and encapsulated the new trend of historiography of the American South, an approach that guided both black and white scholars through the civil rights movement and beyond."--Jacket
Shapers of Southern history : autobiographical reflections by John Hope Franklin( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume gathers personal recollections by fifteen eminent historians of the American South. Coming from distinctive backgrounds, traveling diverse career paths, and practicing different kinds of history, the contributors exemplify the field's richness on many levels. As they reflect on why they joined the profession and chose their particular research specialties, these historians write eloquently of family and upbringing, teachers and mentors, defining events and serendipitous opportunities. The struggle for civil rights was the defining experience for several contributors. Peter H. Wood remembers how black fans of the St. Louis Cardinals erupted in applause for the Dodgers' Jackie Robinson. "I realized for the first time," writes Wood, "that there must be something even bigger than hometown loyalties dividing Americans." Gender equality is another frequent concern in the essays. Anne Firor Scott tells of her advisor's ridicule when childbirth twice delayed Scott's dissertation: "With great effort I managed to write two chapters, but Professor Handlin was moved to inquire whether I planned to have a baby every chapter." Yet another prominent theme is the reconciliation of the professional and the personal, as when Bill C. Malone traces his scholarly interests back to "the memories of growing up poor on an East Texas cotton farm and finding escape and diversion in the sounds of hillbilly music." Always candid and often witty, each essay is a road map through the intellectual terrain of southern history as practiced during the last half of the twentieth century
The Louisiana Purchase through the eyes of Thomas Jefferson by Anita Yasuda( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Experience the Louisiana Purchase from President Thomas Jefferson's perspective. Learn about the challenges he faced, how he responded to difficult issues, and how he shaped the country during this pressing time in office
The irony of southern religion by John B Boles( Book )

2 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A companion to the American South( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rice University : a 75th anniversary portrait by Geoff Winningham( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guide to the microfilm edition of the William Wirt papers by John B Boles( Book )

3 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The William Wirt papers by William Wirt( Book )

2 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Correspondence and papers of William Wirt, dated principally 1786-1873. Only the items contained in the William Wirt Papers (MS. 1011) and the William Wirt Letterbooks (MS. 1014) at the Maryland Historical Society appear in this microfilm collection
Jefferson by John B Boles( Recording )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From an eminent scholar of the American South, the first full-scale biography of Thomas Jefferson since 1970. Not since Merrill Peterson's Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation has a scholar attempted to write a comprehensive biography of the most complex Founding Father. In Jefferson, John B. Boles plumbs every facet of Thomas Jefferson's life, all while situating him amid the sweeping upheaval of his times. We meet Jefferson the politician and political thinker--as well as Jefferson the architect, scientist, bibliophile, paleontologist, musician, and gourmet. We witness him drafting of the Declaration of Independence, negotiating the Louisiana Purchase, and inventing a politics that emphasized the states over the federal government--a political philosophy that shapes our national life to this day. Boles offers new insight into Jefferson's actions and thinking on race. His Jefferson is not a hypocrite, but a tragic figure--a man who could not hold simultaneously to his views on abolition, democracy, and patriarchal responsibility. Yet despite his flaws, Jefferson's ideas would outlive him and make him into nothing less than the architect of American liberty
 
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Masters & slaves in the house of the Lord : race and religion in the American South, 1740-1870
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Seeing Jefferson anew : in his time and oursBlack southerners, 1619-1869Masters & slaves in the house of the Lord : race and religion in the American South, 1740-1870University builder : Edgar Odell Lovett and the founding of the Rice InstituteA companion to the American SouthOrigins of the new South fifty years later : the continuing influence of a historical classicShapers of Southern history : autobiographical reflectionsA companion to the American South
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