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The Ideological and Intellectual Development of the Chautauqua Sunday School Assembly at Fair Point, New York, 1874-1876

Fulks, Jr., Robert William
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Fulks, Jr., Robert William
Younger, Edward
Barton, Josef J
The following pages contain an inquiry into the set of ideas and attitudes which were embodied in the Chautauqua Sunday School Assembly during the first three years of its existence. I cannot claim to have delineated all of the antecedents which in concert produced Chautauqua, for I know of no way to impose adequate boundaries around the ideas and events which preceded and influenced the Assembly's formation; given this infinity of antecedents, such a task would be futile, and the result would be methodological anarchy. I have, rather, delimited several strands of thought which, by virtue of their frequent appearance in literature generated by Chautauqua, I have identified as the primary factors leading to the Assembly's success. I have also examined the careers of John Heyl Vincent and Lewis Miller, Chautauqua's co-founders, in order to explicate their role in providing a creedal foundation for the Assembly. The result is, hopefully, a better understanding of the elements which attracted Americans to the shores of Lake Chautauqua and a glimpse, however brief, into the amorphous world of popular culture.
University of Virginia, Corcoran Department of History, MA, 1972
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Digitization of this thesis was made possible by a generous grant from the Jefferson Trust, 2015.
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