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A Coat of Many Colors: Religion and Society along the Cape by Walter H. Conser Jr.

By Walter H. Conser Jr.

Whereas non secular range is frequently thought of a up to date phenomenon in the USA, the Cape worry area of southeastern North Carolina has been a various group because the sector was once first settled. Early on, the area and the port urban of Wilmington have been extra city than the remainder of the nation and hence supplied individuals with possibilities seldom present in different elements of North Carolina. This region drew citizens from many ethnic backgrounds, and the lads and ladies who settled there turned an essential component of the region's tradition. Set opposed to the backdrop of nationwide and southern non secular event, A Coat of many colours examines problems with non secular range and neighborhood id within the Cape worry zone. writer Walter H. Conser Jr. attracts on a wide variety of resources, together with congregational files, sermon texts, liturgy, newspaper money owed, relations memoirs, and technological advancements to discover the evolution of spiritual existence during this sector. starting with the tale of prehistoric local americans and carrying on with via an exam of existence on the finish of 20th century, Conser tracks the improvement of a number of the religions, denominations, and ethnic teams that decision the Cape worry area domestic. From early local American traditions to the institution of the 1st church buildings, cathedrals, synagogues, mosques, and temples, A Coat of many colours bargains a finished view of the spiritual and ethnic variety that experience characterised Cape worry all through its heritage. during the lens of neighborhood heritage, Conser explores how this area's wealthy non secular and racial variety could be obvious as a microcosm for the South, and he examines the ways that faith can impact such different points of lifestyles as structure and race kin.

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By 1715 North Carolina had several parishes, with the understanding that more would be added when the need arose, as in the case of St. 8 However, this vision of compact parishes with a settled population disintegrated on the reality of frontier conditions in North Carolina. ” Roads were often impassable or lacking altogether. Rivers had to be forded, with the exception of one river that had a ferry, but it was owned by Quakers and was available only for their use. ”9 Blair and Urmston were part of the first generation of Anglican clergy in North Carolina, and both had been sent by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (SPG).

Such a model of resource exploitation involves a degree of speculation; however, it underscores the reality of rivers such as the Cape Fear, which could facilitate travel and later trade from the Piedmont to the coast and vice versa. It also reminds one that these same rivers acted as barriers to eastwest travel; thus the Indians of the Cape Fear region were more likely to have had contact with bands in South Carolina than with those in Virginia. 21 Several important developments characterized the Woodland period generally and the Cape Fear region more specifically.

The domestication of plants to supplement a hunting and gathering economy was characteristic of native peoples in the Late Woodland and early contact periods, and Necoes fit this pattern. By this time, many native peoples practiced gardening and land management techniques that included felling trees to clear land for crops, but Hilton indicated that these Indians left their trees standing. In any case, the development of such agricultural subsistence strategies supported larger villages and more sedentary, less nomadic lifestyles.

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