Wandering Souls Paperback

Protestant Migrations in America, 1630-1865

by S. Scott Rohrer;

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Wandering Souls

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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. In Wandering Souls , Rohrer examines the migration patterns of eight religious groups and finds that Protestant migrations consisted of two basic types. The most common type involved migrations motivated by religion, economics, and family, in which Puritans, Methodists, Moravians, and others headed to the frontier as individuals in search of religious and social fulfillment. The other type involved groups wanting to escape persecution (such as the Mormons) or to establish communities where they could practice their faith in peace (such as the Inspirationists). Rohrer concludes that the two migration types shared certain traits, despite the great variety of religious beliefs and experiences, and that ""secular"" values infused the behavior of nearly all Protestant migrants. Religion's role in transatlantic migrations is well known, but its importance to the famed mobility of Americans is far less understood.
Wandering Souls demonstrates that Protestantism greatly influenced internal migration and the social and economic development of early America.

Wandering Souls by S. Scott Rohrer was published by The University of North Carolina Press in December 2014. The ISBN for Wandering Souls is 9781469615073.

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Details for Wandering Souls

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press (December 2014)
Edition1st New edition
Number of Pages328
Thickness19 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4321040
Page last updated 16th September 2018
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