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The burned-over district : the social and intellectual history of enthusiastic religion in western New York, 1800-1850
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This pioneering study investigates the social, economic, and intellectual currents of antebellum western New York. Cross argues that settlers on the primitive frontier did not have time to engage in religious and reform enthusiasms. Only with the coming prosperity did settlers divert their attention to these matters. Moreover, the New England heritage of the "Yorker" settlers greatly influenced their openness to the revivals.