The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 75, July 1971 - April, 1972 Page: 302
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302 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
to absorb the kind of blatant extremism generated by the ringleader of
fundamentalist extremists, the colorful but irascible J. Frank Norris."8
"8It is interesting, although dangerous, to speculate on the motivations and environ-
mental factors which influenced Norris. Some factors were probably the sense of inde-
pendence inherited from the frontier; the maternal influence which gave him the drive
to excel; the need to compensate for three years lost to illness; the revivalist environment
in which he was raised; his ultraconservative religious training which equipped him with
a rigid "either-or" mentality; the fear of change and the resulting insecurity it would
bring; and the dread of becoming "anonymous" in the whirlpool of denominational
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