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Unformatted text preview: (“Wondrous Love” is a folk hymn. Based on a ballad about a pirate.) Folk hymns were very present in volumes of shape-note hymns and sacred songs that were popular with revivalists and rural congregations. The practice of shape-note notation dates back to The Easy Instructor , an 1801 collection by William Little and William Smith. Two later collections, The Sacred Harp and The Southern Harmony , are extremely important, and still popular, sources of shape-note songs. Unlike the Great Awakening, the Second Awakening supported the idea that political and / or social and spirtiual activities should be related. In some senses – the development of missionary activities abroad, the founding of educational possibilities for women, the abolitionist movement – these were more social than political. But some called for “a Christian party in politics” and thought the United States should be “an evangelical Christian nation.”...
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- Fall '08
- Sacred Harp, Folk music, Shape note