Self-Reliance

Abolition

American political movement in support of ending the institution of slavery in the US. (read full term analysis)

Antinomianism

The belief that grace from God releases Christians from the obligation of following moral laws. (read full term analysis)

Epigraph

A short quotation or saying placed before the start of a work, often in order to preview an important theme or subject in the work. (read full term analysis)

Doric

Ancient Greek architectural style characterized by thick, strong columns and clean lines. (read full term analysis)

Gothic

Medieval European architectural style characterized by large scale and ornate details, hence its association with buildings like castles and cathedrals. (read full term analysis)
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Monachism

The retreat of religious people, such as monks or nuns, from secular life and into secluded communities devoted to worship and spiritual acts. (read full term analysis)

Relief society

Nineteenth century charitable organizations, usually funded through donations and supported with volunteer labor, designed to provide relief to the poor and ill. (read full term analysis)

Swedenborgism

Eighteenth century religious belief founded on the ideas of Emmanuel Swedenborg, a Swiss theologian who believed that Jesus Christ appeared to him in visions and who believed that a new, reform-minded church would be founded… (read full term analysis)

Whigs

Nineteenth century American political party that opposed the presidency of Andrew Jackson. (read full term analysis)