What was the Great Awakening of the 1730's, and why was it important?
A religious movement that swept through the colonies in the 1730s and 1740s
Religious leaders decided to spread religious feeling throughout the colonies by holding revivals, emotional gatherings where people came together to hear sermons.
The Great Awakening attracted people from different regions, people of different classes, and people of different races. Women, minority groups, and poor people attended the services. Ministers from different colonies met and shared ideas with one another.
The Great Awakening led people wanting more political equality when sermons talked about spiritual equality of all people. Revivals became popular for people to talk about political and social issues. People with less political freedom were introduced to more democratic systems used in other colonies.