Great Awakening

Last Updated: Mar. 12, 2008

The Great Awakening (Second Turning, 1727–1746) began as a spiritual revival in the Connecticut Valley and reached an hysterical peak in the northern colonies (in 1741) with the preachings of George Whitefield and the tracts of Jonathan Edwards. The enthusiasm split towns and colonial assemblies, shattered the “old light” establishment, and pitted young believers in “faith” against elder defenders of “works.” After bursting polite conventions and lingering Old World social barriers, the enthusiasm receded during King George’s War.

  • Glorious entering elderhood
  • Enlighteners entering midlife
  • Awakeners entering young adulthood
  • Liberty entering childhood

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