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A concise view, of the principal religious denominations, in the United States of America :
comprehending a general account of their doctrines, ceremonies, and modes of worship ... with notes, political and philosophical ...
|Main Creator:||Branagan, Thomas, 1774-1843.|
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Philadelphia : Printed by John Cline, 1811.
Appendix contains descriptions of major religions in other countries.
Born in Ireland, Branagan ran away from home as a teenager to seek his fortune as a sailor; he worked his way through the ranks on board slave ships, and eventually became a foreman on a plantation in Antigua. After being converted in a Methodist meeting, he was led to forsake his former life and become an itinerant preacher, first in London and more permanently in Philadelphia and New York. For the first decade or so of his post conversion career, Branagan's central theme was the evil of slavery, and he published no fewer than six volumes on the subject between 1804 and 1810 - four of them poetry. His first works were sponsored by the African American minister and activist, Richard Allen; he collaborated in a later work with Quaker abolitionist-publisher Samuel Wood, and he even caught the attention of President Thomas Jefferson by soliciting a subscription for his forthcoming poem, Avenia. At the time, he held a status as a kind of American counterpart to John Newton, the renowned slave-turned-preacher who wrote "Amazing Grace."
Physical description: 324 pages ; 14 cm
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GR 5538: Stephen Griffin Collection
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