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The Great Awakening. What was it?. 1740 -1770 = 1,200 new churches across colonies Presbyterian, Baptists, Methodists, & other denominations Highly emotional outdoor revival events “Conversion”. Jonathan Edwards.

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The great awakening

The Great Awakening


What was it

What was it?

  • 1740 -1770 = 1,200 new churches across colonies

  • Presbyterian, Baptists, Methodists, & other denominations

  • Highly emotional outdoor revival events

  • “Conversion”


Jonathan edwards

Jonathan Edwards

“The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect, looks over the fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire.”


New colleges across the colonies

New Colleges Across the Colonies

  • 1750s & 1760s = Colleges founded to train ministers

  • Princeton, Brown University, Rutgers, Dartmouth

George Whitefield


George whitfield

George Whitfield

  • 1739 -1740 = itinerant British minister tours the American colonies

  • Criticized as a “peddler of divinity”


How did the great awakening change american society

How did the Great Awakening change American society?

  • Less hierarchy within the church and society

  • Northern and Southern colonies connected for the first time

  • Old Lights vs. New Lights


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