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The Public Universal Friend: Jemima Wilkinson and Religious Enthusiasm in Revolutionary America

Paul B. Moyer


Revolutionary America was fertile ground for religious upheaval, as self-proclaimed visionaries and prophets established new religious sects. Among these figures was Jemima Wilkinson. Born in 1752 and raised in a Quaker household in Cumberland, Rhode Island, Wilkinson began her ministry in 1776 when, in the midst of an illness, she announced her own death and reincarnation as the Public Universal Friend, a heaven-sent prophet who was neither female nor male. This book tells the story of Wilkinson and her church, the Society of Universal Friends. Wilkinson's message was simple: humankind stood ... More

Keywords: Revolutionary America, religious upheaval, religious sects, Jemima Wilkinson, prophet, Apocalypse, American Revolution, spiritual

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780801454134
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801454134.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul B. Moyer, author
Associate Professor of History, The College, Brockport (SUNY)