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|Document Type:||Journal / Magazine / Newspaper|
|All Authors / Contributors:||Western Unitarian Association.|
|Notes:||"Devoted to religion and literature."
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The Western Messenger was considered one of the most important magazines published in the West during the years when "West" meant the region between the Appalachians and the Mississippi. Though usually regarded as a literary periodical because of its poetry and criticism, it was begun primarily as the organ of the Unitarian religion. The editors were chiefly clergymen, and sermons and doctrinal essays were prominent. But after the first two years, it became less and less sectarian. As a regional magazine, the Messenger felt the obligation to interpret the Western country; it published much on religion, literature, and culture of the West, sketches of Western preachers, and a series on "Western poetry". But the group who founded it derived their chief inspiration from New England. The Unitarian sermons were by such famous New England preachers as L. Frothingham, George W. Hosmer, and Francis Parkman; some of the poetry and criticism was by New England transcendentalists, asuch as Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Jones Very, and the editors were all transplanted New Englanders.
Editor: Nov. 1837-Oct. 1839, J.F. Clarke.
|Reproduction Notes:||Microfiche. Chicago : Library Resources, 1970. 5 microfiches ; 8 x 13 cm. (Library of American civilization ; LAC 30572-76).|
|Series Title:||Library of American civilization, LAC 30572-76.|
|Other Titles:||Western messenger (Louisville, Ky.)|