The Protestant Clergy in the Great Plains and Mountain West, 1865-1915 by Ferenc Morton SzaszThe Protestant Clergy in the Great Plains and Mountain West, 1865-1915 by Ferenc Morton Szasz

The Protestant Clergy in the Great Plains and Mountain West, 1865-1915

byFerenc Morton Szasz

Paperback | June 1, 2004

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The mainline Protestant churches played a vital role in the settlement of the West. Yet historians have, for the most part, bypassed this theme. This account recreates the unique religious and cultural mix that sets this region apart from the rest of the nation.

From itinerant circuit riders to powerful urban bishops, western clergy were continually involved in the maturation of their communities. Their duties on the frontier extended far beyond delivering Sunday sermons; they also served as librarians, counselors, social workers, educators, booksellers, peacekeepers, and general purveyors of culture.

Weaving together the varied experiences of men and women from the five major Protestant denominations—Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregational, and Episcopal—the author discusses their responses to life on the frontier: the violence, the tumultuous growth of the cities, the isolation of farm life, and the widespread hunger, especially among women, for “refinement.”

Ferenc Morton Szasz is Regents’ Professor of History at the University of New Mexico and the author of Religion in the Modern American West and The Day the Sun Rose Twice: The Story of the Trinity Site Nuclear Explosion, July 16, 1945.
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Title:The Protestant Clergy in the Great Plains and Mountain West, 1865-1915Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 1, 2004Publisher:UNP - Nebraska PaperbackLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803293119

ISBN - 13:9780803293113

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“Literate clarity and impressive detail. . . . An intriguing-eye opener for considering the West from a different view.”—Chuck Lewis, True West Magazine
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