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Mary Tribble | Pious Ambitions (outdoor meet & greet)

 

 

A chronicle of the wife of Wake Forest University founder Samuel Wait.

In 1812 at the age of nineteen, Sally Merriam Wait experienced her conversion. For those raised in an evangelical church during the religious fervor of the Second Great Awakening, conversion represented a key moment in a young person’s life, marking the transition from childhood and frivolity to the duties of a pious life. Sally’s conversion also marked the beginning of her journal.

Pious Ambitions establishes Sally Merriam Wait as a significant figure in North Carolina and Baptist history. Her ambition led her from young convert to devoted wife of Reverend Samuel Wait, the first president and founder of Wake Forest University. Her journal was passed down carefully from generation to generation until it found its way in 1993 to the Special Collections and Archives at Wake Forest University. In examining this trove and reconstructing the life of Wait, Mary Tribble provides a rare glimpse into the spiritual education of a young woman who nevertheless successfully navigated the rise of capitalism in the market economy of the early nineteenth century.

Mary Tribble, graduated from Wake Forest University and is employed there as Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies.

Event date: 
Sunday, November 21, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Pious Ambitions: Sally Merriam Wait's Mission South, 1813–1831 (America's Baptists) Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781621906834
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Univ Tennessee Press - October 15th, 2021

In 1812 at the age of nineteen, Sally Merriam Wait experienced her conversion. For those raised in an evangelical church during the religious fervor of the Second Great Awakening, conversion represented a key moment in a young person’s life, marking the transition from childhood and frivolity to the duties of a pious life.