Numerous churches have been established in West Point. In terms of average Sunday attendance, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, the local Catholic parish, enjoys the most adherents, with an average of 385 people attending Sunday Mass. About 250 individuals attend the Sunday worship service of the First Baptist Church, which is the largest Protestant church in West Point in terms of membership. Other Protestant churches representing the Christian, Methodist, and Episcopal denominations are found in the community. The Jehovah's Witnesses and several other fundamentalist churches have adherents in West Point. African-Americans in West Point generally attend the Mt. Nebo Baptist Church or St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the latter being a mission church of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.
In summary, West Point is a small, ethnically and religiously diverse, relatively affluent community, with a recorded history of almost 400 years. During this 400-year period, West Point has experienced a cyclical economic and population growth pattern, marked by periods of growth and decline. Although not a particularly physically attractive community, it is affluent, with much of its work force employed by a single corporation. It is the contention of this study that by examining West Point's political world we can gain a better understanding of the nature and dynamics of American politics.
Aside from its virtue of having been a commercial asset to the town of West Point and surrounding territory, the Baltimore boat lent a romantic aspect that will be hard to replace. We shall all miss the tooting of the whistle at short intervals as the boat felt her way along in one of the heavy fogs which frequently hang over the waterfront at certain seasons of the year. We shall miss the screams of the whistle which signaled for a fire drill. Remember the
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Publication information: Book title: The Political World of a Small Town:A Mirror Image of American Politics. Contributors: Everett Carll Ladd Jr. - Author, Nelson Wikstrom - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1993. Page number: 25.
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