From Library Journal
The Great Revival was a religious phenomenon that swept the country in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and led to the growth of popular religious sentiment. In Kentucky, this took the form of camp meetings, bringing together large crowds of people who listened to spirited sermons during the day and camped out at night. Contrary to traditional interpretations, which saw camp meeting revivalism as arising out of poverty, Eslinger (history, DePaul Univ.) considers the social milieu of Kentucky in great detail and finds that camp meeting revivalism was a result of the economic, political, and cultural tensions of the time. Examining the relationship between Presbyterian and Methodist preachers, as well as the composition of the groups that participated in the camp meetings, Eslinger offers a fresh, insightful, well-researched look at an iconic American phenomenon. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.AAugustine J. Curley, O.S.B., Newark Abbey, NJ
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About the Author
The Author: Ellen Eslinger is associate professor of history at DePaul University.
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