The first in the long history of American revivals. One of the three major revival movements comprising the Evangelical Awakening in the early 1700’s. It was a key influence on the beginnings of the Wesleyan revival back in England due to its affect on a young John Wesley. The Great Awakening restored both the "tears of repentance and the joy of salvation" to colonial Christianity. Theodore J. Frelinghuysen is credited by George Whitefield as the beginner of the great work. Other leaders included Jonathon Edwards and Isaac Backus.
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