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Wandering Souls
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In ###Wandering Souls#, Rohrer examines the migration patterns of eight religious groups and finds that Protestant migrations consisted of two basic types. The most common type 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. The other type involved groups wanting to escape persecution (such as the Mormons) or to establish communities where they could practice their faith in peace (such as the Inspirationists). Rohrer concludes that the two migration types shared certain traits, despite the great variety of religious beliefs and experiences, and that secular values infused the behavior of nearly all Protestant migrants.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Part I. Migration in America
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Introduction: An Overview of Protestant Migrations, 1630–1865
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. 1. The First Frontier: Thomas Hooker and the New England Puritans
  2. pp. 15-44
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  1. Part II. The Protestant Sojourner
  2. pp. 45-46
  1. 2. Migration and the New Birth: Devereux Jarratt and the Anglicans of Virginia
  2. pp. 47-74
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  1. 3. Ethnicity and Mobility: Scotch-Irish Presbyterians in Eighteenth-Century America
  2. pp. 75-106
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  1. 4. Land and Family: The Pietist Migration to North Carolina in the Late Colonial Period
  2. pp. 107-134
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  1. 5. Reform and the Missionary Drive: Methodists in the Ohio Country
  2. pp. 135-164
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  1. Part III. Journeys of the Pure
  2. pp. 165-166
  1. 6. The Dissenters: Baptists and Congregationalists in a Separatist World
  2. pp. 167-193
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  1. 7. God’s Chosen Sojourners: The Inspirationists of Amana, Iowa
  2. pp. 194-214
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  1. 8. An American Exodus: Mormons and the Westward Trek
  2. pp. 215-243
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 244-250
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 251-254
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 255-288
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  1. Topical Bibliography
  2. pp. 289-300
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 301-302
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 303-312
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