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Inventing George WhitefieldRace, Revivalism, and the Making of a Religious Icon$
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Jessica M. Parr

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461985

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461985.001.0001

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A Transnational Icon

A Transnational Icon

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Inventing George Whitefield

Jessica M. Parr

University Press of Mississippi

Following Whitefield’s death and entombment (and some would say enshrinement) in the Old South Presbyterian Church in Newburyport, MA, his followers worked quickly to preserve his memory. They republished many of his writings and sermons. They printed memoirs. They perpetuated a legacy that continued to defy denominational and geographic boundaries. His tomb became a sight of pilgrimage, including ritualized handling of his skull and removal of trophies from his coffin. In many ways, Whitefield became more powerful as a symbol in death than he was in life.

Keywords:   Memory Studies, Print Culture, Abolitionism, Religious Pluralism, Religious Liberty

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