17th and 18th Centuries
George Whitefield, a leading evangelical, preached throughout the colonies in the mid-1700s.
17th- and 18th- Century Links
Links to other online resources
Native American Religion in Early America
Compare Native American and European religions in order to study how they interacted in early America.
Puritanism and Predestination
Why would anyone believe the doctrine of predestination when, as your students might say, it seems totally unfair?
Witchcraft in Salem Village
Probably the single most intensively studied event in colonial North American history, this always arouses student curiosity.
The First Great Awakening
What caused this powerful surge of religious zeal? Are we having a Great Awakening now?
Religious Pluralism in the Middle Colonies
What made for the religious tolerance that we credit to the colonies of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware? The answer is more than William Penn and a moderate climate.
The Church of England in Early America
Do your students think every colonist was a Puritan?
Religion, Women, and the Family in Early America
Religion shaped how men and women imagined themselves, related to their spouses, and raised their children.
Religion and the American Revolution
Only by understanding the religious situation of the colonists can we understand why they fought the British.
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