The Religious Movements Affect American Politics

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-How did these religious movements affect American politics? In the 1730’s, men and women in New England and the Middle Colonies were eager for better, more authentic religious teaching. George Whitefield was able to help bring it to them. Tens of thousands of men and women would meet for religious gatherings. At these meetings, ministers would usually speak of God’s salvation to all, no matter what color or condition they were in. This revival, known as the Great Awakening, gave men and women of the colonies the belief that they had some measure of control over their own destinies and that heartfelt willingness to be saved was enough to ensure their salvation (Video). The Great Awakening not only gave white men and women an opportunity to become Christian, but also gave slaves the opportunity to become a Christian, an opportunity many did not pass up on. During this time, the first African American Baptist and Methodist churches were established. Even after all the change in America from the First Great Awakening, there was still room for more change, and the Second Great Awakening accomplished that. Christianity became a method to express the want of freedom and justice. Post War of 1812, the Great Awakenings’ impact really took hold. Surprisingly women, who usually remained silent, looked down men who excessively drank and gambled. Missionaries and religious leaders created groups in order to try and help men break their drinking habit. Eventually, the Washington Society sought to effectively help men change. The women who had been forced to stay in the house, doing all the household work and not leaving much, began to stand up for themselves and have a say in their husbands’ matters. Women publicly revolted again... ... middle of paper ... ...they would have to hire out workers, which would cost them too much money. From a southerners’ perspective, there was no other suitable option aside from slavery. Due to the Southerners and Northerners’ beliefs on the issue of slavery and the stubbornness of both, in my opinion, war was inevitable. They may have been able to prolong it for another time, but I believe that the Civil War was unavoidable. Whether or not we could have cut down on the losses I am not sure. Obviously, if the South immediately surrendered, it would have stopped the losses; the same goes for the North. That is not how it happened though. The South wanted their slaves to remain in white men’s custody, while the North wanted to free slaves. Like President John F. Kennedy said, “The cost of freedom is high, but Americans have always paid it,” this proved true throughout the Civil War.
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