Shocking, exuberant, exalted, the camp meeting answered the pioneers' demand for religion and helped shape the character of the West.
The Great Revival in the West, or the Kentucky Revival of 1800, as it was sometimes called, was a landmark in American history. It was not some accidental outburst of religious hysteria that crackled through the clearings. Rather, it was one of many answers to a question on which America’s destiny hung during Thomas Jefferson’s Presidency. Which way would the West go?Read more »