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Lion of the Forest: James B. Finley, Frontier Reformer Charles C. Cole Jr.

Lion of the Forest: James B. Finley, Frontier Reformer

Charles C. Cole Jr.

Published June 18th 2010
ISBN : 9780813129693
Paperback
288 pages
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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, heMoreJames 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 governments 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 Finleys influence on the moral and religious development of the Ohio River area. Cole evaluates Finleys writings and focuses on his ideas. He traces the important changes in Finleys 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.