A.P. U.S. History Chapter 5: Colonial Society on the Eve of Revolution 1700-1775. Britain had 32 colonies in North America in 1775, and only 13 of them opted for Revolution and Independence. In 1700 the 13 colonies had less than 300,000 people.
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Travelers of all ethnicities, places of origin, occupation, religion, etc frequently jammed into taverns dotting places of travel where the mixing groups talked about all sorts of subjects, especially politics.
The Anglican (Church of England) was the official faith in Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia, MD, and part of N.Y.
See chart on “estimated religious census, 1775” pg 95.
The Anglican faith was less radical and more worldly than that which was established by the Puritans of the early colonial period.
The Congregational Church poor dirt trails and roads connecting various points in the colonies. grew out of the Puritan church and was the established faith of all New England states except Rhode Island (which was always fiercely independent).
Many American ministers talked about politics and denounced British policies.
Despite the colonial sponsorship of many official religions, America was still very religiously tolerant compared to most places on earth at that time.
The Great Awakening poor dirt trails and roads connecting various points in the colonies.- a series of religious revivals that swept through the colonies in the 1730s and 1740s.
A reaction to over a century of loosened Puritanism and Calvinism.
An attempt to “wake up” Christians in America with zeal.
George Whitefield helped start and then spread the movement with fiery sermons in a new evangelical style.
All of the colonies were different in terms of religion, economy, patterns of settlement, traditions, and government, but all were somewhat similar in that they all had some degree of self-rule, some religious toleration, and all were 3,000 miles away from Great Britain.