A Shopkeeper's Millennium: Society and Revivals in by Paul E. Johnson

By Paul E. Johnson

A quarter-century after its first booklet, A Shopkeeper's Millennium is still a landmark work--brilliant either as a brand new interpretation of the intimate connections between politics, economic system, and faith through the moment nice Awakening, and as a shocking portrait of a quickly turning out to be frontier urban. The non secular revival that remodeled the US within the 1820s, making it the main militantly Protestant state on the earth and spawning reform pursuits devoted to temperance and to the abolition of slavery, had an extremely strong influence in Rochester, big apple. Paul E. Johnson explores the explanations for the revival's excellent good fortune there, suggesting very important hyperlinks among its ethical accounting and the city's new business global. In a brand new preface, he reassesses his proof and his conclusions during this significant paintings.

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The following year’s Ku Klux Klan Act went even further, allowing federal district attorneys to prosecute a range of conspiratorial efforts to limit constitutional expression. This latter act also included provisions authorizing federal military intervention and, for a time, the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. The first trials under these acts took place in North Carolina in 1871, the result of arrests stemming from a series of outrages in Rutherford County in the western mountains. These trials resulted in forty-nine convictions for a range of offenses, including simple membership in the klan, which the prosecution argued made individuals a party to unlawful conspiracy.

Republican William W. Holden, the president of the state’s anti-racist Union League, had been elected North Carolina’s governor. Faced with Holden and a Republicandominated legislature, the KKK became an increasingly violent tool of displaced white Democratic interests. White vigilantes frequently targeted black residents for various, often fabricated indiscretions. But victims also included prominent Republican officials. Jones County Sheriff O. R. Colgrove, a white northerner who benefited from black electoral support and had the audacity to arrest several CUG members, was ambushed and killed in May 1869.

Klans, which held at least seventeen rallies between May and December of 1958. 45 Crowds were sizable, if not enormous—200 to 300 being typical. The group also expanded its membership as the year moved forward, organizing new klaverns in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Reidsville, Todd, and Mt. Airy. An existing klavern, in Jamestown, tripled in size during that spring and summer. By fall, the klavern had split in two, in response to conflicts between a younger faction seeking opportunities for “dirty work” and older adherents who preferred to abide by state laws and avoid violence.

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