There is a troublesome dilemma facing believers in a variety of minority religions and sects: how to resolve the demands of their faith and yet participate in the larger community. This book explores that dilemma by a micro-study of one congregation (monthly meeting) and the seventeen surname families that were part of that meeting for one hundred years. By looking at a single meeting and a group of discrete families, there is a sense of both forward movement and reluctance to change.
Martha Paxson Grundy, an independent scholar, earned her Ph.D. in History from Case Western Reserve University.
Note on Middletown Meeting House; List of Figures; List of Tables; Preface by Thomas D. Hamm; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Setting the Scene; 3. Tightening the Discipline; 4. Antislavery; 5. War; 6. Changing Economic Views; 7. Evangelicalism; 8. Separation; 9. Politics, Reform, and Further Accommodation; 10. Data Set, Meetings, and Township in 1850; 11. Conclusions; Appendices 1 - 5; Abbreviations; Notes; Bibliography; Index.