One of the richest contributions to church music in America has undoubtedly come from the heritage of the African-Americans who came to America as slaves. Their hymns and spirituals, which are sung today across the world, give evidence of both the extreme hardships and the fervent faith that was a part of their experience in America.
Without the tireless efforts of Christian missionaries, the young nation would have had no moral compass and many of the important social programs that helped protect immigrants, women, children, Native Americans, and newly freed slaves would have never existed.
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), the daughter of the famous preacher Lyman Beecher, was born in Litchfield, Connecticut in 1812.
Edward McKendree (E. M.) Bounds (1835-1913) was a Methodist minister and renowned devotional writer. Bounds was born in Missouri and studied law as a young man.