Triumph of the Laity

Triumph of the Laity : Scots-Irish Piety and the Great Awakening, 1625-1760

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The Great Awakening of 1740 was a religious revival of dramatic scope and violence that swept through the British American colonies, transforming eighteenth-century American society. In this study, Marilyn Westerkamp argues that the Awakening had its origins in events far removed in time and place from the American scene. She traces the revivalist tradition back to the Scots-Irish Presbyterians of seventeenth-century Ulster, demonstrates the preservation of that tradition in the north of Ireland and in western Scotland, and shows how emigrants from these areas brought their revivalist religion with them to the North American colonies. Her theses are documented with extensive evidence from primary sources both in the US and in Ireland and Scotland, including hitherto neglected material. Students of British, Irish, and American history and the history of religion.
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  • Hardback | 278 pages
  • 147.32 x 218.44 x 30.48mm | 476.27g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2 maps, tables
  • 0195044010
  • 9780195044010