On the Fringes of the Prairie, 1800-1850
Yankees and Southerners: Beliefs

Yankees Southerners
Most were of the Congregational "persuasion." Almost the first thing they did in their new communities was to build a church. Most were of the Methodist or Baptist faith. Farmers who doubled as preachers gave intense, emotional sermons at the cabins of designated families when churches were not available. Camp meetings held at harvest time brought many people together in a "sacred grove" for spiritual conversion, redemption, and renewal, with passionate praying, singing, and dancing.

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