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Religion in 19th-century America

In the early 1800s, the United States was a very religious society. The most powerful popular movements were religious, and Protestant ideals pervaded American life. A mixture of Christianity and secular enterprise became the national creed. The fastest-growing denominations--Baptist and Methodist--were those that stressed equal access to salvation. Working men, women, and farmers found in such evangelical Christianity an independence from the authority of elites. Missionary societies, traveling preachers, and camp meetings brought the gospel to the unchurched and to members of other denominations.

 



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