Greta Awakening Essay

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The Great Awakening: Pioneer to religious freedom The Great awakening has several parts to it. I will be discussing the second Great Awakening in colonial America. Times were tough, war was everywhere. The colonies were growing rapidly. The need for slavery was growing at breakneck speed. The church was slowly seeping from every day life. People were in need of some guidance. Youngsters were frequently going on night walks and frequenting the taverns. They were use to getting guidance from parents and local leaders, but the times had changed and the guidance was not there as it once was. Along with the lack of church in everyday life there was a push for individuality. Then great speakers and spiritual leaders came in and swept the nation. George Whitefield, Gilbert Tennent, and James Davenport led sermons across the New England area, which led to new movements in the church. These new movements were not welcome by everyone, in-fact they led to new groups. The OLD lights and the NEW lights as they were called are the beginning to the new age. Because of the push for individuality and the church the Great Awakening put in motion the religious freedoms we have today. Bibliography Rossel, Robert D. "The Great Awakening: An Historical Analysis." American Journal of Sociology. 75. no. 6 (1970): 907-925. Bearskin, Douglas L. "Jonathan Edwards, Enthusiast? Radical Revivalism and the Great Awakening in the Connecticut Valley." Church History. 74. no. 4 (2005): 683-739. Birdsall, Richard D. "THE SECOND GREAT AWAKENING AND THE NEW ENGLAND SOCIAL ORDER." Church History. (1970): 345-364. Conforti, Joseph. "The Invention of the Great Awakening 1795-142." Early American Literature. 26. no. 2 (91):

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