In the first decades of the nineteenth century, the Second Great Awakening swept the United States, bringing new interest in religion and in social reform. Across the country, ministers held revivals, most often in the form of camp meetings. At these revivals, people experienced conversion and salvation in ways that were often quite dramatic. In the South, this period is sometimes called the “Great Revival.”
Both white and black North Carolinians experienced the Revival, but in different ways. In this chapter we’ll read the experiences of some men and women who participated in early nineteenth-century revivals, both as ministers and as converts, and we’ll explore the reasons for their participation and conversion and the impact their experiences had on their lives.
- 3.1The Second Great Awakening
- 3.2Into the wilderness: Circuit riders take religion to the people
- 3.3A camp meeting scene
- 3.4What a revival is
- 3.5Descriptions of a revival
- 3.6Rock Springs Camp Meeting
- 3.7"Be saved from the jaws of an angry hell"
- 3.8Preaching obedience to slaves
- 3.9Elizabeth, A Colored Minister of the Gospel, Born in Slavery
- 3.10John Chavis
- 3.11The development of sacred singing