Preface; List of tables, figures and maps; Abbreviations; 1. An introduction to religion in eighteenth-century political culture; Part I. The Legal Status, Social Structure, and Ideology of Nonconformity: 2. Nonconformity, the law, and society; 3. Nonconformity in politics: influence and independence; 4. The dissenting pulpit, political ideology, and American independence; 5. The dissenting pulpit and political radicalism in England; Part II. Poll Books, Parliamentary Politics, and Nonconformity: 6. The dissenting interest and the American crisis in Bristol; 7. The dissenting vote and electoral independence in Brstol and Great Yarmouth; 8. Deference and the dissenting vote in Newcastle, Liverpool, Hull, and Colchester; Part III. Petitions for Peace, Nonconformity, and Popular Politics: 9. The petitions of 1775: popular politics and the American crisis; 10. The petitioners of 1775: law, social status, and religion; Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.
This book examines the social and political activities of the English Dissenters in the age of the American Revolution.