To Connecticut’s Congregational ministers, something had gone wrong. Hardly had independence been won when ordinary people began challenging elite authority at home. In the newer settlements of the Old Northwest, many former Connecticut residents did not even go to church, an activity that had long been at the heart of the commonwealth. Without religion, not only would individuals be condemned to live their lives without knowing God, but society would also dissolve as individualism and egalitarianism replaced the hierarchical organic social order that had long held people together. Something had to be done. People were starving for religion, and they needed access. Members of Connecticut’s elite Standing Order, the small group of elected officials and state supported ministers who had long presided over Connecticut, saw themselves as entrusted with the responsibility of looking out for the good of their fellow citizens. They would not let their emigrants down.
Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Neem, Johann N., "Creating Social Capital in the Early American Republic: The View from Connecticut" (2009). History Faculty and Staff Publications. 2.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Associations, institutions, etc.--Connecticut--History; Civil society--Connecticut--History; Community organization--Connecticut--History