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No one predicted success for Henry Ward Beecher at his birth in 1813. The blithe, boisterous son of the last great Puritan minister, he seemed destined to be overshadowed by his brilliant siblingsespecially his sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe, who penned the centurys bestselling book Uncle Toms Cabin. But when pushed into the ministry, the charismatic Beecher found international fame by shedding his father Lyman's Old Testamentstyle fire-and-brimstone theology and instead preaching a New Testamentbased gospel of unconditional love and healing, becoming one of the founding fathers of modern American Christianity. By the 1850s, his spectacular sermons at Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights had made him New Yorks number one tourist attraction, so wildly popular that the ferries from Manhattan to Brooklyn were dubbed Beecher Boats.
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"Applegate gives an insightful account of a contradictory, fascinating, rather Clintonesque figure who, in many ways, was America's first liberal." - PW
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