Van Dyke Center, Board of Visitors Lounge Monday, April 08, 7:30pm
Often dubbed by historians as the era of the ''Second Great Awakening,'' the early national period was a time of religious growth, experimentation, and reconfiguration in the United States. Formerly marginal religious groups such as the Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians enjoyed unprecedented growth, becoming the majority faiths of the newly formed nation. This growth was achieved through the utilization of efficient organizational systems and innovative revival formats. Dr. Turner discusses the importance of this religious reorientation and the most beloved and infamous tool of the Second Great Awakening, the camp meeting.