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Wandering souls : Protestant migrations in America, 1630-1865 / S. Scott Rohrer.


Popular literature and frontier studies stress that Americans moved west to farm or to seek a new beginning. Scott Rohrer argues that Protestant migrants in early America relocated in search of salvation, Christian community, reform, or all three. He examines the migration patterns of eight religious groups and finds that Protestant migrations consisted of two basic types: migrations motivated by religion, economics, and family (including Puritans, Methodists, Moravians, and others)and groups wanting to escape persecution or harassment (Mormons and Inspirationists). He concludes that the two m.

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  • OCLC: ocn593325352
  • ISBN: 9780807895870 (electronic bk.)
  • ISBN: 0807895873 (electronic bk.)
  • ISBN: 9781469604305 (electronic bk.)
  • ISBN: 1469604302 (electronic bk.)
  • ISBN: 080783372X (cloth ; alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9780807833728 (cloth ; alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (x, 312 pages) : illustrations, maps
  • Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, ©2010.

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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Part I. Migration in America -- Introduction: An overview of Protestant migrations, 1630-1865 -- The first frontier : Thomas Hooker and the New England Puritans -- Part II. The Protestant sojourner -- Migration and the new birth : Devereux Jarratt and the Anglicans of Virginia -- Ethnicity and mobility : Scotch-Irish Presbyterians in eighteenth-century America -- Land and family : the pietist migration to North Carolina in the late Colonial Period -- Reform and the missionary drive : Methodists in the Ohio Country -- Part III. Journeys of the pure -- The dissenters : Baptists and Congregationalists in a separatist world -- God's chosen sojourners : the inspirationists of Amana, Iowa -- An American exodus : Mormons and the westward trek.
Subject: United States > Church history.
Protestants > United States > History.
Migration, Internal > United States > History.

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