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ERIC Number: EJ752303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0275-7664
Congregationalist Richard Cordley and the Impact of New England Cultural Imperialism in Kansas, 1857-1904
Wilson, Nathan
Great Plains Quarterly, v24 n3 p185-200 Sum 2004
As a major social force throughout the nineteenth century, religion proved an important factor in the settlement of the American West. Yet the idea of a religious figure as a western hero has never emerged in the popular culture adaptations of the Western, since the clergy are usually portrayed as gentle, "soft," or even somewhat effeminate. The image of a Protestant minister defending his homestead and town with a rifle, and later serving as a member of the Kansas militia during the Civil War, contradicts the popular stereotype. Congregational minister Dr. Richard Cordley was such a man. He embodied an intellectualized Jacksonian "common man" who preached to his congregation, yet when trouble arose was not afraid to pick up a weapon and join his fellow Kansans in the battle for independence, freedom, and liberty. His story is one among thousands who traversed the continent in the mid-nineteenth century and settled in the Great Plains.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kansas