Date of Award

Spring 1984

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department


Forrest examines the role of the Industrial Revolution in the success of the Methodist movement and the role of the Methodist movement in the lives of England’s working classes during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Relying heavily on primary sources such as personal accounts and religious tracts written by early Methodists, Forrest argues that Methodist doctrines provided the working population of England with status and self-confidence in the harsh, oppressive environment of the Industrial Revolution.