Grassroots Reform in the Burned-over District of Upstate New York
Religion, Abolitionism, and Democracy
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Before the Civil War, upstate New York earned itself a nickname: the burned-over district.African Americans were few in upstate New York, so this book focuses on reformers in three predominately white communities. At the cutting edge of revolutions in transportation and industry, these ordinary citizenstried to maintain a balance between stability and change.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Three Towns: Their Economy and Population; Chapter 2: The Three Towns: From Moral Desolation to Religious Institutionalism; Chapter 3: The American Sunday School Union in Central new York; Chapter 4: Benevolent Reform in the Three Towns: Sunday Schools as a Case Study; Chapter 5: Abolitionism in Central New York: From Moral Suasion to Political Action; Chapter 6: Abolitionism in the Three Townships; Chapter 7: Who Were These Reformers?; Conclusion; Bibliography; Appendix One: Economy and Population of Mexico, Paris and Ithaca; Appendix Two: Reformers in Mexico, Paris and Ithaca; Appendix Three: Compiled Data on Reformers in Mexico, Paris and Ithaca