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The Bible and the American Frontier

Written By: Off the Grid News Service  |  Posted: Saturday, December 17th, 2011

            American expansion was relentless after the American Revolution.  From 1776 to 1850, settlers pushed into the Mississippi River Valley and then set their sights on Texas and beyond. As they moved outward, citizens in the original colonies felt a duty to ensure these settlers were not cut off from their spiritual roots.

            Alexis de Tocqueville, the French historian, wrote from this viewpoint in Democracy in America about what he saw as the major contributing factor to the success of these settlers. He was convinced it was their Christianity that set them apart.

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