The Great Awakening was a period of great Christian revivalism that spread throughout the American colonies in the 1730s and 1740s. The revival movement unlike the earlier doctrine of the Puritans, promised the grace of God to all who could experience a desire for it.
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In New England, in particular, the Great Awakening represented a reaction against the growing formality and the dampening of religious fervor in the Congregational churches. Elsewhere in the colonies, the Anglican church, indeed no single church, was able to satisfy the population’s spiritual and emotional needs.
The Great Awakening carried profound consequences for the future. It was the first experience shared by large numbers of people throughout all the American colonies, and therefore contributed to the growth of a common American identity.
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