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By F. G. Notehelfer

The ebook finds how a guy that allows you to being a misfit within the usa grew to become the heroic American samurai." It discusses Janes as one of many few Westerners allowed to reside within the inside and because the "father" of the Kumamoto Band, which turned the dominant wing of jap Protestantism and an important modernizing force.

Originally released in 1985.

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What followed, Janes tells us, was "persecution, denunciation, and ecclesiastical hounding. " Several of the Colonel's friends were arrested for failing to abide by the fugitive slave laws. "Political excitement," Janes wrote, "was envenomed by religious rancor, as everybody knows from that time on to the close of that particular phase of the Irrepressible Conflict. " Janes later pictured himself as having become a firm abolitionist as a result of the stories his father brought back from Baltimore, including a vivid description of slaves being shipped South.

As such the true Christian could not shut his eyes to social and political problems. " If man and society lay in ruins, it was the responsibility of the Christian, he felt, to reconstruct the shattered powers of both. Hence the true Christian must be a genuine reformer. " Radical reform, moreover, meant a commitment not only to the transformation of the inner man, but to the great issues of the day, which for the 1850s were those of slavery and intemperance. The selection of Albany as a center for Free Presbyterian activity was no accident.

17 While success had at last come to "Colonel Elisha Janes,"18 as he now came to be known, Janes' father was a good enough Calvinist to recognize that the signs of election, which hard work and God's grace bestowed, also required reciprocation. Growing public trust was acknowledged by growing public involvement. The official record shows this process quite clearly. 22 The first two decades of Leroy Lansing Janes' life were therefore to transpire not only in the "best period of a wonderful cen­ tury," as he liked to remember it, but in a home that was rapidly achieving the hopes and dreams of its founder.

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