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Saints, Sinners and Reformers

The Burned-Over District Re-Visited


John H. Martin

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This limited bibliography can be enhanced by your local library with the latest books on these subjects.

One very readable and informative book covers most of the topics discussed under the above title. It is:

Tyler, Alice. Freedoms Ferment: Phases of American Social History until 1860. University of Minnesota Press. Minneapolis. 1944.

Other volumes on specific topics are:


Fowler, Orson S. The Octagon House; A Home For All. Dover. New York. 1973.

Stern, Madeline. Heads and Headlines, the Phrenological Fowler. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma. 1971.


Carmer, Carl. Genesee Fever. Farrar and Rinehart. New York. 1941. (A delightful novel based on early western New York history. It includes Jemima Wilkinson as one of it characters.)

Cleveland, Stafford. History and Directory of Yates County. Penn Yan, New York. 1873. (An original source for serious scholars of Jemima Wilkinson and her group.)

Wisbey, Jr., Herbert. Pioneer Prophetess. Jemima Wilkinson, the Publick Universal Friend. Cornell University Press. Ithaca, N.Y. 1964 (The only complete study of Jemima Wilkinson and her followers, Very readable.)

Note #1: Papers concerning Jemima Wilkinson are on file on microfilm in the "Collection of Regional History" in the Cornell University Library.

Note #2: A small collection of Jemima Wilkinson artifacts are on display in the Yates County Historical Society's "Oliver House" in Penn Yan, New York. Her carriage is in the Carriage Museum of the Granger Museum in Canandaigua, New York.


Barkun, Michael. Crucible of the Millenium: The Burned-Over District of New York in the 1840s. Syracuse University Press. Syracuse, NewYork. 1986.

Cross, Whitney R. The Burned-Over District, The Social and Intellectual History of Enthusiastic Religion in Western New York, 1800-1850. Cornell University Press. Ithaca, N.Y. 1950. (The definitive work on the subject. Not for bedtime reading.)

Hardman, Keith. Charles Grandison Finney, 1792-1875: Revivalist and Reformer. Syracuse University Press. Syracuse, N.Y. 1987.

Johnson, Charles. The Frontier Camp Meeting: Religion's Harvest Time. Southern Methodist University Press. Dallas, Texas. 1955, 1985.

Numbers, Ronald and Jonathan M. Butler. The Disappointed: Millerism and Millenarianism in the Nineteenth Century. University of Indiana Press. Bloomington, Indiana. 1987.

Rowe, David. Thunder and Trumpets: Millerites and Dissenting Religion in Upstate New York, 1800-1850. Chico, California. 1985.

Sweet, William W. Revivalism in America: Its Origins, Growth, and Decline. Scribner. New York. 1944.

Sweet, William W. The Story of Religion in America. Harpers. New York. 1950.


Barry, Kathleen. Susan B. Anthony, A Biography. New York University Press. New York. 1988.

Bacon, Margaret. Valiant Friend: The Life of Lucretia Mott. Walker. New York. 1980.

Banner, Lois. Elizabeth Cady Stanton: A Radical for Women's Rights. Little, Brown. Boston. 1980.

Fuller, Margaret. Women in the Nineteenth Century. Reprint of the 1845 Edition. W.W. Norton. New York. 1971.

Lutz, Alma. Created Equal: A Biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1815-1902. John Day. New York. 1940.

Melder, Keith, Beginnings of Sisterhood: The American Women's Rights Movement, 1800-1850. Shocken. New York. 1977.

Scott, Anne and Andrew Scott. One-Half The People; The Fight For Women's Suffrage. University of Illinois Press. Chicago. 1975.

Stanton, Elizebth Cady. Eighty Years And More; Reminiscences 1851-1897. Reprint by Shocken. New York. 1971.

Stanton, Elizabeth Cady. The Women's Bible. (1898). Reprint by The Coalition Task Force On Women and Religion. Seattle. 1974.


Carden, M.L. Oneida: Utopian Community to Modern Corporation. John Hopkins University Press. Baltimore. 1969, and Harper, Row. New York. 1971.

Eastlake, Allen. The Oneida Community. AMS Press. New York. 1973.

Hayden, Dolores. Seven American Utopias: The Architecture of Communitarian Socialism, 1790-1970. MIT Press. Cambridge, Mass. 1976

Holloway, Mark. Heavens on Earth. Dover. New York. 1966.

Klaw, Spencer. Without Sin. Allen Lane, The Penguin Press. New York. 1993. (Has the most up-to-date bibliography on Noyes and Oneida in its "Notes" section.)

Morse, Flo. Yankee Communes, Another American Way. Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich. New York. 1971.

Nordhoff, Charles. The Communistic Societies of the U.S. (1875). Reprinted by Hillary House Publishers. New York. 1961. (Nordhoff visited and wrote about all the extant communities in his day.)

Noyes, Corinna. The Days of My Youth. Mansion House. Kenwood, New York. 1960.

Noyes, Pierrepont. A Goodly Heritage. Rinehart. New York. 1958. (By the stirpiculture son of John Humprey Noyes and President for many years of the Oneida Community Corporation.)

Noyes, Pierrepont. My Father's House, An Oneida Boyhood. Farrar and Rinehart. New York. 1937.

Parker, Robert A. A Yankee Saint; John Humphrey Noyes and the Oneida Community. Putnam. New York. 1935.

Robertson, Constance Noyes. Oneida Community, An Autobiography. Syracuse University Press. Syracuse, New York. 1970.

Robertson, Constance Noyse. Oneida Community Profiles. Mansion House. Kenwood, New York.

Robertson, Constance Noyes. Oneida Community: The Break-up, 1876-1881. Syracuse University Press. Syracuse, New York. 1970.

Thomas, Robert D. The Man Who Would Be Perfect: John Humphrey Noyes and the Utopian Impulse. Philadelphia. 1977.

Worden, Harriet. Old Mansion House Memories. Oneida, New York. Privately published. 1950. (Articles written by Harriet Worden, the mother of Pierrepont Noyes who was one of the stirpiculture children of John Humphrey Noyes. She edited the Oneida Community Newsletter for many years.)

Note: The Oneida Community archives are held by the University Library of Syracuse University.

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