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Faith and Fury: Eli Farmer on the Frontier, 1794-1881

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Faith and Fury: Eli Farmer on the Frontier, 1794-1881
By Riley B. Case


Some of America’s political and social identity today can be traced to the early frontier. After 1801 religion exploded across settlements in the Old Northwest and Kentucky. Not only were souls saved through camp meetings, but regular people also began applying the words “equal” and “independent” to themselves. The life of Eli P. Farmer, a circuit-riding preacher, politician, farmer, and businessman, is instructive. His autobiography includes accounts of Native Americans, brawls, flatboats, settlers, and revival meetings. Setting his story within the context of the Second Great Awakening, author Riley B. Case shows how Farmer’s life personified this religious movement, which gave birth to American evangelicalism, as well as values that would become idyllic to many Americans: self-sufficiency and individualism.

Hardcover, 219 pages. IHS Press, September 14, 2018. ISBN: 9780871954299.

About the author
Riley B. Case grew up in Indiana and earned master’s degrees in divinity and the liberal arts. For forty-three years he was a United Methodist pastor in Indiana. A prolific author, Case has written for United Methodist church publications and authored several fiction and nonfiction books.


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