The Great Awakening was a religious movement that swept the American colonies. It began in the 1730’s and lasted to about 1743. George Whitefield was a minister from Britain who toured the colonies. He went around shouting the word of God, trembling while delivering his sermons. Everyone gathered by thousands to hear him speak. He converted slaves and even a few Native Americans. It was the first major event that all colonies could share, helping to break differences between them. There was no such thing in England, further highlighting variances between Americans and their cousins across the sea. Indeed this religious movement had political consequences.