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Master of Arts


It is to Virginia that American Methodism must look as the nurturing center of its remarkable spirit and growth in the early years of its history. Hence, this narrative gives the story of the first fifty years of Methodism in Virginia with special emphasis on the evangelical zeal and phenominal growth that especially characterized these years, in spite of the war and problems of adjustment in the New World. This narrative also attempts to account for the rise of this unusual spirit and growth and to point out the many unique features that enabled Methodism to early secure the largest membership of any American Church.

It was through these distinctive emphases that Methodism exerted a marked influence upon the life of the State and Nation and proved to be the religion best suited to the conditions and needs of the people in Virginia in the eighteenth century.



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