A Coat of Many Colors: Religion and Society along the Cape by Walter H. Conser Jr.

By Walter H. Conser Jr.

While non secular variety is frequently thought of a up to date phenomenon in the United States, the Cape worry sector of southeastern North Carolina has been a various neighborhood because the zone used to be first settled. Early on, the zone and the port urban of Wilmington have been extra city than the remainder of the kingdom and therefore supplied individuals with possibilities seldom present in different components of North Carolina. This zone drew citizens from many ethnic backgrounds, and the lads and girls who settled there turned an essential component of the region's tradition. Set opposed to the backdrop of nationwide and southern non secular adventure, A Coat of many colours examines problems with non secular variety and neighborhood id within the Cape worry zone. writer Walter H. Conser Jr. attracts on a vast diversity of assets, together with congregational documents, sermon texts, liturgy, newspaper money owed, relations memoirs, and technological advancements to discover the evolution of spiritual lifestyles during this region. starting with the tale of prehistoric local americans and carrying on with via an exam of existence on the finish of 20th century, Conser tracks the advance of some of the religions, denominations, and ethnic teams that decision the Cape worry zone domestic. From early local American traditions to the institution of the 1st church buildings, cathedrals, synagogues, mosques, and temples, A Coat of many colours bargains a finished view of the spiritual and ethnic variety that experience characterised Cape worry all through its heritage. throughout the lens of nearby background, Conser explores how this area's wealthy non secular and racial variety could be visible as a microcosm for the South, and he examines the ways that faith can have an effect on such various facets of existence as structure and race relations.

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53 The Yamassee War of 1715 represented a concentrated attack on white settlers in South Carolina. The Indian groups that allied together included the Creek, Choctaw, Yamassee, Catawba, Cheraw, Waccamaw, and Cape Fear Indians. The Indian forays had drawn The Cape Fear and Its Indians 33 near to Charles Town, South Carolina, but by midsummer, the city and southern frontier were quiet. South Carolinians had repulsed the Indian attacks, but often with large numbers of casualties on both sides. Maurice Moore, formerly of South Carolina, had gone to the aid of North Carolina in the Tuscarora War and remained there.

Besides expanding the strategies for land use and food collection, it also made larger and more permanent settlements possible. Women’s familiarity with plants and their experience in gathering and preparing them probably meant that women played an important role in their domestication. Years of observation had taught women which species flourished, and this knowledge could be applied to the deliberate planting, cultivating, and harvesting of plants—in other words, the purposeful domestication of food.

Maurice Moore, formerly of South Carolina, had gone to the aid of North Carolina in the Tuscarora War and remained there. Now, in the summer of 1715, Moore marched a detachment of whites and Tuscarora south to aid South Carolina. On his way, Moore traveled through the Cape Fear region. He had been warned that the Cape Fear Indians planned to ambush him, but with his advance information, he was able to rout them. The number of Cape Fears involved is unclear, but Moore took at least eighty prisoners with him to South Carolina.

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