Gordon S. Wood Analysis

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Both Nathan O. Hatch and Gordon S. Wood address the changes America endured by 1850 in their excerpts, however each differ in their explanations. Hatch claims that the most important movements were religious and those religious movements effected and evoked other ideas of politics, standards, and culture. Then, Woods suggests that population and economic changes caused alterations in countless areas of American life, including religion. Both defend contradicting reasons for people coming together and becoming a unified, American force.
The countless religious movements during 1780 to 1850 all support Hatch’s argument. Elias Smith, James O 'Kelly, Barton Stone, and Alexander Cambpell all split from the Catholic and Disciples of Christ church
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