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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 September 5th 2000 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
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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
Czarny Pies
Sep 30, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who think the Holy Grail exists to be found
Recommended to Czarny by: My Prof for Nineteenth Century American Social History
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It has been commonly believed for over 150 years that the Rosetta stone which will allow the enigma of the American Character to be decoded and known lies buried somewhere in Western New York state. Once it is discovered by archeologist, all things will become known to man.

Whitney Crosses mysteriously informative book describes the problem. Between 1800 and 1850 every bizarre and weird American idea was born in Western New York state from where it slowly spread until it occupied the entire conti
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Paul Vasquez
A must read for anyone dong research or just interested in the religious history of early 19th century of western New York.
Autumn
Oct 06, 2014 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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