Religion and Eighteenth-Century Revivalism

by Jon Butler

Revivals and revivalists seem endemic to the broad sweep of American history—Billy Graham’s 1957 “crusade” appearance at New York City’s Yankee Stadium; Amy Semple McPherson’s theatrical preaching and healing at her Angeles Temple in the 1920s and 1930s; Charles Finney’s “anxious bench” of the 1820s and 1830s; and Jonathan Edwards’s infamous 1741 sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, still a staple in many high school and college American literature courses.More »

Featured Primary Sources

The Christian History, June 30, 1744, published by Thomas Prince (GLC08819p137)

A revival of religious fervor, 1744

Creator: Thomas Prince Curriculum Subjects: Religion and Philosophy Grade Levels:
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Teaching Resources

Religion and the American Revolution

Curriculum Subjects: Religion and Philosophy Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

The Great Awakening

Curriculum Subjects: Religion and Philosophy Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8
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Multimedia

In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692

Speaker(s): Mary Beth Norton Duration: 57 minutes 52 seconds

Religion and Witchcraft in Colonial America

Speaker(s): John Demos Duration: 1 hour 54 seconds
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