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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
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Fulks, Jr., Robert William
Advisor
Barton, Josef J
Younger, Edward
Abstract
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.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Corcoran Department of History, MA, 1972
Published Date
1972-06
Degree
MA
Rights
All rights reserved (no additional license for public reuse)
Notes
Digitization of this thesis was made possible by a generous grant from the Jefferson Trust, 2015.
Collection
Libra ETD Repository

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