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Nonconformist Obituaries: How Stereotyped Was Their View of Women?

  • Linda Wilson

Abstract

Nonconformity was a general term which, by the mid-nineteenth century, was used collectively of the evangelical dissenting churches and of Methodism and its offshoots.1 The 1851 census, despite the difficulties in interpreting its data, showed that, measured in terms of Sunday attendances, Nonconformity had grown dramatically in the first part of the nineteenth century, and was challenging the dominance of the Established Church.2 Well over half of those attending Nonconformist chapels would have been women, and to study Nonconformist women is therefore crucial for that reason alone.3

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Notes

  1. 1.
    I. Sellars, Nineteenth Century Nonconformity (London: Arnold, 1977), pp. vii–viii.Google Scholar
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    L. Davidoff and C. Hall, Family Fortunes (London: Routledge, 1992), p. 131.Google Scholar
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    J.S. Werner, The Primitive Methodist Connexion. Its Background and Early History (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), pp. 155–6.Google Scholar
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    S. Gill, Women and the Church of England (London: SPCK, 1994), p. 6.Google Scholar
  6. 36.
    E.K. Helsinger, R.L. Sheets, W. Veeder, The Woman Question, Vol. 1 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983), Introduction, p. xv.Google Scholar
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    W.F. Swift, ‘The Women Itinerant Preachers of Early Methodism’, in Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society 28/5 (March 1952), pp. 92f.Google Scholar

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