Who was George Whitefield? What impact did he have on America's development?

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George Whitefield was one of the most famous religious preachers of his era. A Calvinist (Calvinism applies to the traditions within Christian theology that evolved out of the ideas of Jean Calvin), he was famous for his highly charismatic oratory and his ability to channel the emotions of his listeners to tremendous effect. This approach to preaching was revolutionary in his time.

Whitefield had a tremendous impact both in England and in the colonies. Traditionally, Protestant religion had been focused on the various churches and parishes, with individual preachers tied to a particular community. Whitefield, on the other hand, traveled first across England and later across...

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