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

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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.

Hardcover. 230 pages. 2018, Indiana Historical Society Press. By Riley B. Case.