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Dominant Denominations. Tax-supported colonial churches: Anglican (Church of England) – Virginia Congregational – Massachusetts Presbyterians – side with the Seditionists, as do the Congregationalists Roman Catholics – still generally discriminated against. Table 5-2 p86.

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dominant denominations
Dominant Denominations

Tax-supported colonial churches:

  • Anglican (Church of England) – Virginia
  • Congregational– Massachusetts
  • Presbyterians – side with the Seditionists, as do the Congregationalists
  • Roman Catholics – still generally discriminated against
the half way covenant 1662
The Half-Way Covenant (1662)
  • weakens the distinction between “elect” and everyone else
  • sacrificed religious purity for greater participation in the church
salem witch trials 1692
Salem Witch Trials (1692)
  • accusations were often directed at property-owning women
  • partly caused by unsettled social and religious conditions
  • reflected widening social stratification
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George Whitefield Preaching

Americans of both genders and all

races and regions were spellbound by Whitefield’s emotive oratory.

p88

great awakening 1730s 1740s
Great Awakening (1730s-1740s)
  • encouraged by preachers such as Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield
  • aimed at revitalizing American religion
  • the first truly spontaneous mass movement of Americans