Access Type

Online access to this book is restricted to the University of Kentucky community.

Files

Download

Download Full Text (17.2 MB)

Description

James B. Finley—circuit rider, missionary, prison reformer, church official—transformed the Ohio River Valley in the nineteenth century. As a boy he witnessed frontier raids, and as a youth he was known as the "New Market Devil.” In adulthood, he traveled the Ohio forests, converting thousands through his thunderous preaching-and he was not above bringing hecklers under control with his fists.

Finley criticized the federal government's Indian policy and his racist contemporaries, contributed to the temperance and prison reform movements, and played a key role in the 1844 division of the Methodist Episcopal Church over the slavery issue.

Making extensive use of letters, diaries, and church and public documents, Charles C. Cole, Jr. details Finley's influence on the moral and religious development of the Ohio River area.

Cole evaluates Finley's writings and focuses on his ideas. He traces the important changes in Finley's attitudes toward slavery and abolition and provides new insights into his views on politics, economics and religion. For anyone with an interest in early life and religion in the Ohio River Valley, Lion of the Forest supplies a critical but sympathetic portrait of a complex, colorful and controversial figure.

Charles C. Cole, Jr., has served as dean and professor of history at Lafayette College, president of Wilson College, and, most recently, executive director of the Ohio Humanities Council.

Publication Date

1994

Publisher

The University Press of Kentucky

Place of Publication

Lexington, KY

ISBN

9780813129693

eISBN

9780813150680

Keywords

James B. Finley, Ohio River Valley, Pioneers, Missionaries

Disciplines

United States History

Lion of the Forest: James B. Finley, Frontier Reformer
Read Sample Off-campus Download

Share

COinS