9th Ave: Adam Morris and Chris Jennings

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. location.

Adam Morris discusses his new book, American Messiahs: False Prophets of a Damned Nation with Chris Jennings.


About American Messiahs

A history with sweeping implications, American Messiahs challenges our previous misconceptions about “cult” leaders and their messianic power.

Mania surrounding messianic prophets has defined the national consciousness since the American Revolution. From Civil War veteran and virulent anticapitalist Cyrus Teed, to the dapper and overlooked civil rights pioneer Father Divine, to even the megalomaniacal Jim Jones, these figures have routinely been dismissed as dangerous and hysterical outliers.

After years of studying these emblematic figures, Adam Morris demonstrates that messiahs are not just a classic trope of our national culture; their visions are essential for understanding American history. As Morris demonstrates, these charismatic, if flawed, would-be prophets sought to expose and ameliorate deep social ills—such as income inequality, gender conformity, and racial injustice. Provocative and long overdue, this is the story of those who tried to point the way toward an impossible “American Dream”: men and women who momentarily captured the imagination of a nation always searching for salvation.


American Messiahs: False Prophets of a Damned Nation By Adam Morris Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631492136
Published: Liveright - March 26th, 2019

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Selection

A history with sweeping implications, American Messiahs challenges our previous misconceptions about “cult” leaders and their messianic power.

Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism By Chris Jennings Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812983890
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 22nd, 2017

For readers of Jill Lepore, Joseph J. Ellis, and Tony Horwitz comes a lively, thought-provoking intellectual history of the golden age of American utopianism—and the bold, revolutionary, and eccentric visions for the future put forward by five of history’s most influential utopian movements.

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