Holy Fairs: Scotland and the Making of American Revivalism

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2001 - History - 278 pages
Winner of the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History, Holy Fairs traces the roots of American camp-meeting revivalism to the communion festivals of early modern Scotland. This new paperback edition of Leigh Eric Schmidt's seminal work features updated material, a dozen illustrations, and a new preface by the author.
 

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Contents

Prospect
3
From Reformation to Revival
11
The Rise of a Popular Festival
21
Covenanters and Communions
32
High Days in Scotland
41
The Sacramental Season in Early America
50
Communions and Camp Meetings
59
A Visible Gospel
69
Sinners and the Sacrament
122
From Diversion to Devotion
134
Popular Visions and Ministerial Revisions
145
The Rhythms of Piety
153
Communion and Consummation
158
The Autumn of the Sacramental Season
169
Burns and the Blacksmith
170
Frequency versus Festivity
183

The Historical Interpretation of Ritual
70
Preparation Penitence and Purification
76
Thresholds and Transformations
83
Communion and Community
94
The Mental World of Pastors and People
115
The Recovery of Popular Piety
117
The Reform of the Holy Fair
192
Legacies and Laments
205
Retrospect
213
Notes
221
Index
271
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About the author (2001)

Leigh Eric Schmidt is Edward C. Mallinckrodt University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of numerous books, including "Heaven s Bride: The Unprintable Life of Ida C. Craddock, American Mystic, Scholar, Sexologist, Martyr, and Madwoman", "HearingThings: Religion, Illusion, and the American Enlightenment", and "Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of American Holidays".

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