Many of the early puritans and pilgrims arrived in America with a fervent faith and vision for establishing a godly nation. Within a century the ardor had cooled. The children of the original immigrants were more concerned with increasing wealth and comfortable living than furthering the Kingdom of God. The same spiritual malaise could be found throughout the American colonies. The philosophical rationalism of the Enlightenment was spreading its influence among the educated classes; others were preoccupied with the things of this world.
These included the inquiry room for counseling seekers, the anxious or mourners bench for those responding to the public invitation to Christ, preaching for an immediate decision, emotional prayers which addressed God in a very familiar, informal language, organized choirs and music, advertising and advanced preparation for the revival meeting. Finney believed the gospel did not just get people saved, but it was also a means of cleaning up society. He and his followers worked to make the United States a Christian nation. Finney himself was a strong abolitionist and encouraged Christians to become involved in the antislavery movement. The revivals encouraged people to return to God.
He was multidirectional and knowledgeable in various subjects, especially in politics and administration. Also, he was widely known as the author of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson’s extraordinary words have changed a society and his human fight for rights made him a hero. His writings emphasized the rights of humanity and how a government should provide rights to its people. Among Jefferson’s successes during the Presidency, his greatest achievement was in 1809, when Jefferson chose Meriwether Lewis and his close friend William Clark to explore the rest of America and map
One that I particularly feel is important is that religion reached a more personal level. God was not merely a voice of authority in the scripture, but was coming out through the bodies of "touched individuals", making religion an extremely personal experience. Many historians also claim a connection between the Great Awakening and the American Revolution, which followed shortly after. More than anything, I believe the Great Awakening was a uniquely "American" experience and one of the first examples of the newly emerging culture, a culture that, as it became more and more pronounced, helped signify and draw attention to the growing changes between the colonists and Great
These events caused what appears to be a strengthened Anglo-American relationship, and made it appear as ‘peaceful and harmonious’ however, there are other factors which must be considered by historians in order to solve this question. Speaking in terms of economics, it is likely that the relationship between the colonies and the mother country can be described as ‘peaceful and harmonious.’ Leading up to 1763, Britain had started to fully accelerate in the industrial revolution. This of course meant that Britain needed to Import lots of raw materials, and export a high quantity of manufactured goods. This was good for the American colonies, as it had a huge amount of raw material, and needed more manufactured goods, almost creating a perfect trade scenario between it and the mother country. In addition to this, the idea of mercantilism meant that American trade was protected by Britain, and this was advantageous as Britain was one of the strongest economic powers in the world at the time.
Owenership of land was one of the major pillars in the creation of this country. Its as American as apple pie. Just as Americans dream of property they dream of religious freedom. Immigrations continue to American soil with people in search of religious freedoms. There are monasteres, sinagouges, churches, and temples spread throughout America.
As soon as Europeans began to settle in the New World, it was evident that it would become an extremely diverse melting pot of people. Settled by a predominantly English origin, New England and the Chesapeake region morphed into two distinct societies by the turn of the 18th century. Their differences were fueled largely by their motives in migrating across the Atlantic, the economy and form of government that each colony used, and also the fact that these people originated from cultures that were quite separated. There were many motives and incentives that caused Europeans to move to America. One of the most popular causes of migration to the New World was the search for religious freedom.
One man named, Jonathan Edwards, took it upon himself to preach to his congregation of sin and hell. In the hope of reviving their many other beliefs in Christianity, scholars refer to this time or even in early American history as “The Great Awakening”. One of Edwards’ sermons was called, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”. The sermon explains in detail of the wrath God has and what Hell has in store for the non-believers. It is very clear from this document religion was a very important part of people’s lives during colonial
1. Even though imperialism existed to some extent before the industrial revolution, it gave industrialized countries many reasons to peruse it. Vast raw materials are needed to properly maintain a strong industrial economy. Many believe the industrial revolution began in Great Britain, which was very powerful but small in terms of land, population, and available resources. This gives them an incentive to colonize areas where there are large amounts of raw material instead of just paying for the materials.
The Puritan lifestyle in the 1600’s reflected their emphasis on religion. Beliefs and values defined their culture. In addition, religion instrumentally determined many aspects of their society. The Puritan’s beliefs in personal righteousness, social hierarchy, and the strong association between church and state influenced the political, economic, and social development of the New England colonies from 1630 through the 1660’s. The Puritan’s deep-rooted principle of personal righteousness greatly influenced the social, economic and political development of the New England colonies.