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Rebekah

Religious subjects had a great appeal for the rapidly growing body of middle-class American consumers in the late 19th century. Rebekah's appeal rested on several elements of the story. The role of divine providence and the importance of submission to God's will were powerful threads in 19th-century religious belief. Perhaps Rebekah's embodiment of female virtue made her particularly appealing to buyers, most of whom would have been women. Rebekah also became a symbol for the temperance movements, in which the efforts of women were central.

 



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