A Shopkeeper's Millennium: Society and Revivals in Rochester, New York, 1815-1837

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Jan 1, 1979 - History - 224 pages
The religious revival that flourished in the early nineteenth century and changed American life found its most spectacular expression in Rochester, New York. The revival, in Rochester and elsewhere, made the United States the most militantly Protestant nation on earth and had an enormous influence on many Northern antebellum reform movements, including abolition and temperance. But although many historians have discussed its profound and wide-ranging effects, we know very little about its causes. A Shopkeeper's Millennium not only explores the interconnections between these vitally important economic, social, political, and religious changes but presents an evocative picture of a rapidly growing frontier city.

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The interplay of religion, politics and economy in the development of Rochester, NY based around the revival movement of Charles Finney in the early 1830s. Johnson makes the case that revivals were ... Read full review

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The early 1800s in America were a very interesting time. The Revolution was behind us and the population was moving inland. Most U.S. cities were concentrated around sea ports, but the vastness of the ... Read full review

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Paul E. Johnson is Professor of History at the University of Utah, where he teaches American social history, specializing in history of popular religion.

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