Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. v

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Acknowledgments

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p. vii

have been blessed throughout this project by the generosity of many different people without whom this project would never have been possible. Perhaps the most crucial individual was Jeanne Cobb, archivist and coordinator of special collections at Bethany College. Mrs. Cobb opened not only her archives but also her house and her dinner table to a starving graduate student. Without her guidance and suggestions, I would...

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Introduction

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pp. 12-35

In the Millennial Harbinger of July 1845, Alexander Campbell, leader of the burgeoning Disciples of Christ movement, printed a biography of "The Right Honorable Selina, Countess of Huntingdon," a woman who for him epitomized Christian womanhood. His attention to her life attested to both his "deep interest" in the "moral worth and spiritual excellence ......

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1. The Bakewell Family

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pp. 36-54

The story of the English brickmaker's daughter who became one of the most prominent women in America's fastest growing nineteenth- century churches begins in a small community in central England. The village of Lichfield, lying in the southern Staffordshire area, II8 miles northwest of London, numbered 4,842 inhabitants in 1801. Lichfield perhaps took...

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2. The Making of a Partnership

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pp. 55-111

The hurried courtship and wedding of Alexander and Selina Campbell unexpectedly produced a team that would accomplish much for the reformation of American religion, a cause each of the partners fervently espoused. Their close relationship produced remarkable fruit. The thirty-eight years of their marriage were busy ones, leaving a lasting impression on those around them. The strong partnership they developed invites...

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3. "An Abiding Interest and Love"

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pp. 112-142

M otherhood stands as one of the most fundamental defining roles of women throughout the ages. The fascinating aspects of nineteenth-century motherhood include its religious dimension and its meaning to women themselves. Selina Campbell took motherhood seri ously, and the ministry partnership she shared with her husband hinged on her abilities as a parent to raise godly children in his absence. In the ...

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4. "Usefulness in a Wilderness"

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pp. 143-197

Early in the morning of March 12, 1862, Selina climbed the stairs of Bethany Mansion to the second floor with more than her usual haste. She quickly entered one of the bedrooms, awakened her daughter Virginia and her niece Emma, and told them that this was "the anniversary of the first wedding day of my dear husband, fifty years ago." She was referring...

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Epilogue

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pp. 198-211

The attributes of Victorian culture identified by Daniel Howe in the introductory essay of Victorian America are evident in many of Selina Campbell's observations about various issues in her life. This not only created the milieu in which she ordered her life but also provided the ideological framework for her public expression of women's proper work. Her preoccupation...

Notes

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pp. 212-235

Bibliography

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pp. 236-241

Index

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pp. 242-246