Great Awakening

An American Legend

Great awakening

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An American Legend


    The Great Awakening can refer to several periods of religious revival in American religious history. Historians and theologians identify three or four waves of increased religious enthusiasm occurring between the early 18th century and the late 19th century.


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The movement was a monumental social event in New England, which challenged established authority and incited rancor and division between traditionalist Protestants who insisted on the continuing importance of ritual and doctrine, and the revivalists, who encouraged emotional involvement. It had a major impact in reshaping the Congregational church Presbyterian church, ⛪️the Dutch Reformed Church, and the German Reformeddenomination, and strengthened the small Baptist and Methodist Anglican denominations. It had little impact on most Anglicans, Lutherans, Quakers and non-Protestants.Throughout the colonies, especially in the south, the revivalist movement increased the number of African slaves and free blacks