Paxton Paper Abstract

Here it is.

Though we would be hard pressed to claim that the Paxton Boys massacre of the Conestoga Indians in December 1763 was motivated or caused by Presbyterian Christianity, the riots, the pamphlet war, and the subsequent political struggle in colonial Pennsylvania was a “Presbyterian event.”  This paper argues that the Paxton affair was one of many moments between the First Great Awakening and the American Revolution that promoted Presbyterian unity, strength, and cultural engagement in the colonial mid-Atlantic and made the church the most important cultural institution in the region.

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