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This collection presents the growth of the Baptist church, whose first American church was founded in Providence, Rhode Island in 1638. Baptist churches flourished as the colonies and the nation grew. As this collection demonstrates,the history of the Baptist church and the history of America are intimately related.  

The Baptists, Quakers, and Independent Church Periodicals, 1797-1881 collection also contains periodicals representing smaller church communities such as the New Jerusalem Church, Quakers, Shakers, Mennonites, Moravians, Brethren, and Church of God – all of whom, like the Baptists, also established a strong presence in the United States.

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