The Burned-Over District: The Social and Intellectual History of Enthusiastic Religion in Western New York, 1800 1850
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The Burned-Over District: The Social and Intellectual History of Enthusiastic Religion in Western New York, 1800 1850

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During the first half of the nineteenth century the wooded hills and the valleys of western New York State were swept by fires of the spirit. The fervent religiosity of the region caused historians to call it the "burned-over district."
Paperback, 382 pages
Published December 31st 1981 by Cornell University Press (first published 1981)
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Cat
Oct 10, 2007 Cat rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mormonism fans.
I picked up a little 411 about the so-called "great awakening" that happened in America in the late 18th century, but I hadn't heard about the phenonmenon of the 'burned over district" until I read Fawn Brodie's famous biography of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism. Smith was raised in Palmyra, one of the towns in the burned over district.

Geographically, the burned over district was most of north western new york state, stretching east and further north. It was an area colonized by Yankees...more
Oliver Bateman
A dated but thorough overview of the waves of religious enthusiasm that swept through NW New York during the 1830s. Some parts of Cross' survey are better than others--a more thorough discussion of Millerite, Mormon, and Oneida/Noyes theology would have been nice--but it's a useful read for a specialist in American intellectual history. The discussions of how Anti-masonry operated in the "burned-over district" and why said district was ripe for "burning over" (which is explained with resort to a...more
Autumn
Jan 02, 2009 Autumn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Western New York History Geeks
Very interesting book of Western New York social history.
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