By Keith R. Widder

In 1823 William and Amanda Ferry opened a boarding college for Mtis young ones on Mackinac Island, Michigan Territory, environment in movement an extreme religious conflict to win the souls and alter the lives of the youngsters, their mom and dad, and all others dwelling at Mackinac. conflict for the Soul demonstrates how a gaggle of enthusiastic missionaries, empowered by way of an uncompromising spiritual motivation, served as brokers of Americanization. The Ferrys' excessive hopes crumbled, besides the fact that, as they watched their paintings lead to a revival of Catholicism and their scholars refuse to desert the fur exchange as a lifestyle. the tale of the Mackinaw project is that of people that held differing global perspectives negotiating to create a "middle-ground," a society with room for all.

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16 Reformed Protestant Christianity exerted great influence over life in New England and New York, and, as time passed, throughout the United States. In the seventeenth century many immigrants had come from England to North America in order to be free to practice their own forms of Christianity; they made sure that the church and its teachings played a central role in the growth and development of New England society The revivals of the First Great Awakening in the mid-eighteenth century and the Second Great Awakening in the first half of the nineteenth century spurred the growth of an evangelical community within the larger American society By the 1820s, evangelicals had carried their message of spiritual rebirth and societal reform to many corners of the country, intending to Page xix change the lives of all people whom they encountered.

Page 9 Page 10 Snake River, Sandy Lake, Leech Lake, and Red Lake. Other Métis employees in the fur trade often settled near numerous smaller villages scattered throughout the region. In the winter, several Chippewa households joined together to form bands that headed to their winter grounds where they hunted and trapped fur-bearing animals. As the Chippewa moved about, traders, clerks, runners, and voyageurs kept pace, carrying on transactions with individual men, women, and families. 23 Although the ethnicity of the male heads of Métis households varied, Chippewa or other closely related Indian groups provided the cultural common denominator for all Métis children.

Fred Bohm has helped me to stretch my historical imagination and commit it to words. My colleagues at the Mackinac Island State Park Commission were a source of much support. I am especially grateful for the friendship of Donald P. Heldman, who encouraged me in more ways than he will ever know. Eugene T. Petersen, Marian E. Petersen, Elizabeth M. Scott, David A. Armour, Marsha Hamilton, Jane Robinson, Phil Porter, Lucille Hume, and Jim Evans all contributed to the completion of this work in ways too numerous to list.

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