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Unformatted text preview: Running head: THE PERFECT ERA 1 Perfect Era Paper Casey Aker University of Phoenix November 15, 2009 The Perfect Era During the early part of the 18 th century, colonial expansion spread colonists westward and south. Because of this expansion many colonists settled in the countryside, far from congregations and church meetings. With new communities and churches coming up along the Atlantic coast many long held religious truths were being questioned. American clergymen initiated revivals and started schools for preachers. The Great Awakening was “as a revitalization of religious piety that swept through the American colonies” (Heyman, 2009) “The most valuable quality a person could possess was a spiritual conversion” (Mays, 2004, 166). This was the democratic ideal of the members of the Great Awakening. This idea was known as perfectionism, the desire to create a perfect equalitarian society. This belief questioned long-held positions of African Americans and women as being second class citizens. In many religious circles, African Americans and women were given the ability to vote on church matters, speak in church, and even preach. Although some African Americans and women were given rights within the church, not all congregations followed with these drastic changes, and many still had few rights outside of the church. During this time period the abolitionist movement which attempted to stop slavery the church....
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This note was uploaded on 10/24/2010 for the course HIS/115 his/115 taught by Professor Kitchens during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.
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