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Wandering Souls: Protestant Migrations in America, 1630-1865

S. Scott Rohrer


Popular literature and frontier studies stress that Americans moved west to farm or to seek a new beginning. This book argues that Protestant migrants in early America relocated in search of salvation, Christian community, reform, or all three. It examines the migration patterns of eight religious groups and finds that Protestant migrations consisted of two basic types, the most common of which 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 ... More

Keywords: Protestant migrants, salvation, Christian community, reform, Puritans, Methodists, Moravians, Inspirationists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780807833728
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807895870_rohrer


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. Scott Rohrer, author