4th of July, Asbury Park. A History of the Promised Land by Daniel Wolff PDF

By Daniel Wolff

"Wonderfully evocative…a grand, unhappy tale of racism and actual property, political hardball and beach pleasure-seeking."―A.O. Scott, New York instances e-book Review

When Bruce Springsteen referred to as his first album Greetings from Asbury Park, he brought a iteration of fanatics to a fallen beach hotel city that got here to symbolize working-class American existence. beginning with the town's founding as a spiritual promised land, song journalist and poet Daniel Wolff plots a direction via Asbury Park's a hundred thirty years of entwined social and musical background, in a narrative that captures the entire attract and heartbreak of the yankee dream.

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It's not clear whether the colored man, then in his mid-forties, was a Baptist or a nonbeliever, but the proselytizing made him uneasy. "You are trying to do right," James Bradley would exhort him. " This fit perfectly with Bradley's seashore adventure. Not only would he start a new life in the wilderness, but Robinson Crusoe would bring Friday to Christ. That's what this real estate development was all about, after all. A small group of Methodist families had pitched their tents on this beach the summer before.

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Asbury went on to organize the first American Methodist Conference. He spoke not only in churches but in pioneer cabins, in prisons, town halls, and anywhere else people would listen. It worked. There were less than five thousand Methodists in the colonies at the time of the Revolutionary War. " While New York City was a British stronghold, mostly Church of England, New Jersey was far more open to the new sect and its emotional revivals. Asbury, ordained a bishop by John Wesley, presided over what were called Love Feasts.

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