The Forgotten Awakening: How The Second Great Awakening Spread West of the Rockies

The Forgotten Awakening: How The Second Great Awakening Spread West of the Rockies

by Douglas McMurry


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ISBN-13: 9781935265634
Publisher: Deep River
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Pages: 370
Sales rank: 1,058,195
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Pastor of Presbyterian churches for 35 years. Founder of "The Clearing Where Eagles Fly," a house of prayer in Virginia.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part I The Promise, 1782-1811 1

Part II The Great Shaking, 1811-1824 25

Part III The Search, 1824-1825 87

Part IV The Great Inundation, 1825-1826 139

Part V The Plowing of the Ground, 1827-1828 201

Part VI The Calamity, 1828 233

Part VII The Sowing of the Seed, 1829-1831 279

Epilogue 327

Postscript 343

Acknowledgments 353

Bibliography 355

About the Author 361


1 Early fur posts among the tribes prior to 1820 xiv

2 Jedediah Smith's travels, 1823-1824 24

3 The Spokane Region, 1825 86

4 The Hudson's Bay Company escorts two chiefs' sons to the Red River 138

5 The Red River Colony and vicinity 200

6 The Route of the McLeod Brigade and Jedediah Smith's massacre 232

7 Areas and tribes likely influenced by Spokan Garry beginning 1829 278

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Forgotten Awakening: How The Second Great Awakening Spread West of the Rockies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Huseland More than 1 year ago
Douglas McMurry brings his passion for historical truth and his perceptive understanding of people together in his recent book "The Forgotten Awakening". Through it he brings vividly to life Native American, British, and white American personalities who still speak to us out of the 19th century. It is their actions and attitudes which McMurry faithfully records with the accuracy of a researcher and the imagination of a novelist, adding believable dialogue to an unbelievably true story set in the American West. The Forgotten Awakening will wake you up to a time when First Americans and Later Americans traded and interacted in mutually respectful ways, and the Christian message was brought by Spokan Garry to his own tribe. Sadly, much injustice and hostility followed in the years to come. As Garry once said in 1855, "When you look at the red men, you think you have more heart, more sense, than these poor Indians. I think that the difference between us and you Americans is in the clothing; the blood and the body are the same. Do you think that because your mother was white and theirs dark, that you are higher or better? We are dark, yet if we cut ourselves the blood is red, so with the whites it is the same, though their skin is white." Yet above all the tragedies of American history, the "forgotten awakening" deserves to be remembered as a fragile and beautiful example of hope, trust, and faith. I would recommend this book to any thinking reader who would like to know more about what God was doing in North America in the 1820's and 1830's.
Ken-Penny More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptionally well researched and written book. It tells the story of how God prepared the northwest First Americans to hear God's Word which was brought by some of the early explorers and fur trappers. It flows with an excitement to learn what happens next. Doug spent many years reading the journals of the men who lived during this time, visiting the places where the events took place, and then compiling them into this book. It sheds light on how traditional Christian beliefs and actions can either stifle or encourage His preparation to bring salvation to those who do not know Him. Since First Americans live in our community, the revelations in this book are causing us to reexamine our cultural sensitivity to Christ's message. We encourage any who take the Lord's command to "spread the gospel to the ends of the earth" (Matthew 28) to read this book.