"A Neat Little Chapel of our Own": The Successful Establishment of Methodism in Lancaster County
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This work looks at the establishment of Methodism in Lancaster County from 1770 to 1810. Methodism experienced immense growth during this period and it is critical to understand this change at the local level. The political and social atmospheres of Lancaster County are dissected to understand the environment in which Methodism grew. Methodist leaders are examined on a local and national level, as well as the religious practices that they instituted. Also, the role of the American Revolution and novel ideas of democracy and individualism are evaluated in relation to Methodism in Lancaster County. This work asserts that Methodism was successfully established in Lancaster County because of the marketing tactics of its leaders, the democratic spirit of the American Revolution, and the whirlwind of individualism. Furthermore, an acutely aware, yet truly sincere clergy, demonstrated the boundless capabilities of the common people in American society.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2009. Permission to access this thesis electronically (via Scholars Square) has not been granted by the author. To access this thesis in print, please visit the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA.
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