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Do you want to learn about the development of religion in Colonial America but don’t have the time or patience for a thick book? Then this is the short, concise book for you!!
The book “Religion in Colonial America: A Short History” looks at the formation and spread of the different religions in colonial America. To illustrate the story there are pictures of the people, places, and events that are part of this historic movement. In addition, the book contains a list of reference books for further reading, a timeline of the development of religions in that period, and short biographical sketches of the key individuals in the book.
In the early seventeenth-century explorers, adventurers, and settlers came to America to build a new life.
-- Some came from Europe seeking religious freedom, such as the Puritans and Quakers.
-- Anglicans, or members of the Church of England, came primarily for economic reasons and settled mainly in the southern and middle colonies.
-- Englishman William Pen established Pennsylvania as a homeland for his fellow Quakers so they could worship without harassment.
-- A wave of religious revivalism swept the colonies in what has been called the First Great Awakening which led to the growth of the evangelical faiths, such as Baptists and Methodists.