The early 1800s were a time of optimism and hope. People believed that they could create a better society, based on Christian morals and culture. During this time, America saw a “revival” of religious interest and fervor. Protestant preachers held camp meetings where they preached to large groups of people. Disagreements sometimes arose between preachers about which doctrines were correct. Many new religions formed during this time.
Questions and Answers
Question: How did this religious reformation, sometimes called the Second Great Awakening, affect religion in America?
Answer: Before the Revolutionary War, most people were Quakers, Anglicans, or Congregationalists (descended from the Puritans). During the religious reformation, preachers gave lively, passionate speeches. As many as 20,000 people would gather at “camps” to listen. The Baptist and Methodist religions became very popular.
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