TeacherServe Essays

Evangelicalism, Revivalism, and the Second Great Awakening

Author: Scott, Donald (NHC Fellow, 1985–86)

Nineteenth century America contained a bewildering array of Protestant sects and denominations, with different doctrines, practices, and organizational forms. But by the 1830s almost all of these bodies had a deep evangelical emphasis in common. Protestantism has always contained an important evangelical strain, but it was in the nineteenth century that a particular style of evangelicalism became the dominant form of spiritual expression. What above all else characterized this evangelicalism was its dynamism, the pervasive sense of activist energy it released.

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Subjects: History; Education Studies; American History; Christianity; Evangelicalism; Religious Conversion; Revivalism; Second Great Awakening