What Was The Intellectual Culture Of Colonial America
What was the intellectual culture of colonial America, as expressed in different forms?
Much of the intellectual culture of colonial America was inspired by religion. The Puritans, for example, were in general more literate than other colonists because their religion stressed the importance of reading the Bible. The Puritans founded grammar schools and Harvard, the first college in colonial America, to train clergymen.
New forms of intellectual culture came out of the First Great Awakening in the 1730s and 1740s. This religious revival movement focused on revivifying and intensifying people's religious experiences and making religion more enthusiastic and personal. As a result of the revival, many new colleges were founded to spread new religious ideas, including Princeton, Brown, and Columbia. The First Great Awakening was in part a reaction against the Enlightenment, an...
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