Methodism in Microcosm: Methodist History in Caswell County, North Carolina, 1780-1905

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2008-11-20

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Heitzenrater, Richard P

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This paper surveys the development of Methodist frontier societies in Caswell County, North Carolina, into modern institutional churches during their first 125 years.Caswell Methodism proves to be a useful microcosm of American Methodism in which some broad historical trends can be demonstrated in local practice:

  1. The planting of frontier Methodism.
  2. The slow erosion of Wesleyan hallmarks like societies and classes, conversion-oriented preaching, and the model deed.
  3. And, the incremental shift to nurture-oriented Sunday Schools and an institutional emphasis on buildings and bureaucracies. Some of the Methodist churches or class meetings mentioned in the paper include: Baxter's, Bethany, Camp Springs, Concord, Hebron, Lea's Chapel, New Hope, Parrish's, Piney Grove, Purley/Harrison's, Salem, Sergent's Schoolhouse, Shady Grove, Union, and Yanceyville. An extensive bibliography lists the locations of many primary sources.

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2009 Chester P. Middlesworth Award Winner

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Hunter, Martin Park (2008). Methodism in Microcosm: Methodist History in Caswell County, North Carolina, 1780-1905. Course paper, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/1509.

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