Great Awakening A Brief History with Documents

ISBN-10: 031245225X

ISBN-13: 9780312452254

Edition: 2008

Authors: Thomas S. Kidd
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Description: In the mid-eighteenth century, Americans experienced an outbreak of religious revivals that shook colonial society. This book provides a definitive view of these revivals, now known as the First Great Awakening, and their dramatic effects on American culture. Historian Thomas S. Kidd tells the absorbing story of early American evangelical Christianity through the lives of seminal figures like Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield as well as many previously unknown preachers, prophets, and penitents. The Great Awakening helped create the evangelical movement, which heavily emphasized the individual's experience of salvation and the Holy Spirit's work in revivals. By giving many evangelicals radical notions of the spiritual equality of all people, the revivals helped breed the democratic style that would come to characterize the American republic. Kidd carefully separates the positions of moderate supporters of the revivals from those of radical supporters, and he delineates the objections of those who completely deplored the revivals and their wildly egalitarian consequences. The battles among these three camps, the author shows, transformed colonial America and ultimately defined the nature of the evangelical movement.

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List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 10/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.53" wide x 8.19" long x 0.43" tall
Weight: 0.660

Foreword
Preface
List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Contest over the Great Awakening
The Revivals Begin
George Whitefield: A Media Sensation
The Awakenings Flourish, 1740���174
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