Author: Christopher Walton

Christopher Walton is a PhD student in history at Southern Methodist University. He specializes in religion and the American Revolution, examining the intersection between history, political theory, and Christian theology in the American colonial and revolutionary eras. He is particularly interested in the thought and experiences of Presbyterian and Congregational ministers during the Revolutionary era, the intersection of rhetoric and identity, and the effects of the Revolution on denominational structures and congregational life. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Arts from Whitefield College and a Masters of American Studies from the University of Dallas.

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Review: Redemption from Tyranny: Herman Husband’s American Revolution

Book Review: Redemption from Tyranny: Herman Husband’s American Revolution by Bruce E. Stewart (Charlottesville, VA and London: University of Virginia Press, 2020) On a spring day in 1775, two Pennsylvania judges placed an exorbitant bond on a participant in a public protest against the British government. The judges were not simply Loyalists trying to put […]

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Election Sermons and Collective Identity in Massachusetts, 1760–1775

“It is Hoped that this People will Unitedly Exert Themselves:”[1] In August 1765, crowds gathered on the streets of Boston protesting Parliament’s Stamp Act, which they deemed a tyrannical effort to tax them against their consent. Eventually, protests turned destructive as rioters ransacked the home of Lt. Gov. Thomas Hutchinson. The violent outburst posed a […]

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