The Historiography of First Congregational Church of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Its Neutrality During the Mexican War Anti-War Movement

  • 2013

The Historiography of First Congregational Church of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Its Neutrality During the Mexican War Anti-War Movement

Author:
Kellianne Sutton
Abstract:

This paper provides an analysis of the historiography surrounding the events that took place in Ohio immediately preceding and during the Mexican War. First Congregational Church of Cuyahoga Falls, founded just a decade before the war and situated within the Western Reserve, an area immersed in the abolitionist and anti-war movement, remained neutral throughout the war. The church's lack of engagement in the Mexican War Anti-War Movement provides a small-scale societal perspective on the era's events and a microcosm for the societal turmoil at the time. Through an examination of numerous sources pertaining to the events during the era, ranging from Ohio's Canals to the Presbyterian Schism, the paper supplements an investigation into the reasons for their neutrality and, ultimately, fosters an understanding of the challenges citizens faced as the nation grew from its infancy and progressed towards Civil War.