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Author Randall, Catharine, 1957-

Title From a far country : Camisards and Huguenots in the Atlantic world / Catharine Randall

Publ Info Athens : University of Georgia Press, [2009]
 RWU Main Library  E184.H9 R36 2009    AVAILABLE
Descript 176 pages ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 159-169) and index
Contents Introduction: Camisards and Huguenots: old and new world -- Crisis in the Cevennes -- Survival strategies: prophets, preachers, and paradigms -- The testimonials: the French prophets and the Inspirés of the Holy Spirit -- "From a farr countrie": an introduction to the French Protestant experience in New England -- Protestant and profiteer: Gabriel Bernon in the new world -- Cotton Mather, Ezéchiel Carré, and the French connection -- Elie Neau and French Protestant pietism in colonial New York -- Conclusion: "A habitation elsewhere": Huguenots, Camisards, and the transatlantic experience
Note "In From a Far Country Catharine Randall examines Huguenots and their less-known cousins the Camisards, offering a fresh perspective on the important role these French Protestants played in settling the New World. The Camisard religion was marked by more ecstatic expression than that of the Huguenots, not unlike differences between Pentecostals and Protestants. Both groups were persecuted and emigrated in large numbers, becoming participants in the broad circulation of ideas that characterized the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Atlantic world. Randall vividly portrays this French Protestant diaspora through the lives of three figures: Gabriel Bernon, who led a Huguenot exodus to Massachusetts and moved among the commercial elite; Ezéchiel Carré, a Camisard who influenced Cotton Mather's theology; and Elie Neau, a Camisard-influenced writer and escaped galley slave who established North America's first school for blacks. Like other French Protestants, these men were adaptable in their religious views, a quality Randall points out as quintessentially American. In anthropological terms they acted as code shifters who manipulated multiple cultures. While this malleability ensured that French Protestant culture would not survive in externally recognizable terms in the Americas, Randall shows that the culture's impact was nonetheless considerable" -- from book jacket
LC subject Huguenots -- United States -- History
Camisards -- United States -- History
United States -- Civilization -- French influences
Protestantism -- United States -- History
Protestantism -- France -- History
United States -- Religion -- To 1800
United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Alt Title Camisards and Huguenots in the Atlantic world
ISBN 9780820333908 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0820333905 (hardcover : alk. paper)