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The Very Very Very Big Awakening

The Very Very Very Big Awakening



aka the Great Awakening

aka the Great Awakening



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    • The Very Very Very Big Awakening AKA The Great Awakening
    • What is this “Big Awakening” thing you keep babbling about?!? • A Great Awakening = Period of rapid religious revival • Four Great Awakenings • THE Great Awakening = first (c. 1730 – 1755) • Primarily in England and New England
    • Wha? Who awakened what? • Jonathan Edwards – Yale minister who believed New Englanders were far too concerned with worldly matters • George Whitefield – Britain minister, preached passionately • Gilbert Tennent • Style – Itinerant and censorious preaching – Considerable controversy – Copied by many • New style of enthusiastic preaching inspired many
    • But then who woke THOSE people up? • Harsh life • Germany and Northern Ireland – Wracked with warfare and famine – Hundreds of thousands migrate to Americas • America – Taking in the poor Germans – Conflict along borders left families desolated • Great Britain – Success of the government at the cost of faith – Entering the Industrial Revolution, many miners and factory workers converted
    • So, what did this “Awakening” thing do? • Trend – sermons that emphasized equality among religions and among classes • Outlined law in Enlightenment perspective – Authority subject to law as well – Revolt against tyranny was legal and religious duty
    • Ah… I bet this was what caused the American Revolution! • No (not direct cause of it) • Yes (united colonies, ministers viewed as upper class, therefore them preaching towards common broke down “respect for betters”)
    • Where’s your sources? • Heyrman, Christine Leigh. “The First Great Awakening.” Divining America, TeacherServe©. National Humanities Center. DATE YOU ACCESSED ESSAY. http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/tserve/eighteen/ekeyinfo/grawaken.htm • McCormick, Meaghan S.. quot;The Great Awakening and Its Effect on the Society and Religion of the Connecticut River Valley.quot; Welcome to the Town of Longmeadow, Massachusetts. 5 Apr 2009 <http://www.longmeadow.org/hist_soc/awakening.htm>. • quot;Great Awakening.quot; Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 31 Mar 2009, 14:24 UTC. 5 Apr 2009 <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Great_Awakening&oldid=280865617> . • quot;First Great Awakening.quot; Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 1 Apr 2009, 17:19 UTC. 5 Apr 2009 <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=First_Great_Awakening&oldid=28111 1243>. • Wood, Gordon. quot;The Great Awakening [ushistory.org].quot; ushistory.org. 01 Jan 2008. Independence Hall Association in Philadelphia. 5 Apr 2009 <http://www.ushistory.org/us/7b.asp>.