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Peter Cartwright, Legendary Frontier Preacher Robert Bray

Peter Cartwright, Legendary Frontier Preacher

Robert Bray

Published July 27th 2005
ISBN : 9780252029868
Hardcover
336 pages
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Believing deeply that the gospel touched every aspect of a persons life, Peter Cartwright was a man who held fast to his principles, resulting in a life of itinerant preaching and thirty years of political quarrels with Abraham Lincoln. PeterMoreBelieving deeply that the gospel touched every aspect of a persons life, Peter Cartwright was a man who held fast to his principles, resulting in a life of itinerant preaching and thirty years of political quarrels with Abraham Lincoln. Peter Cartwright, Legendary Frontier Preachers is the first full-length biography of this most famous of the early nineteenth-century Methodist circuit-riding preachers. Robert Bray tells full story of the long relationship between Cartwright and Lincoln, including their political campaigns against each other, their social antagonisms, and their radical disagreements on the Christian religion, as well as their shared views on slavery and the central fact of their being self-made. In addition, the biography examines in close detail Cartwrights instrumental role in Methodisms bitter divorce of 1844, in which the southern conferences seceded in a remarkable prefigurement of the United States a decade later. Finally, Peter Cartwright attempts to place the man in his appropriate national context: as a potent man of words on the frontier, a self-authorizing legend in his own time, and, surprisingly, an enduring western literary figure.