Essay about Evangelical Spirit and Second Great Awakenings

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The Link between an Evangelical Spirit as Found In the Second Great Awakenings and the Reforming Impulse
Historians and sociologists have consistently observed the relationship between the abolitionist movement and revivalism. Evangelical movements and works contributed to the end of the slave trade and slavery which was rampant in Europe and the United States for the period between the 18th and the 19th century. The industrial and scientific revolution marked this period. To this end, slaves were in high demand on industries and plantations like the ones in South America. Most production was labor intensive, and this nature perhaps explains the intensification of the slave trade during this period.
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On the other hand, there was a camp that defied the teachings of Christian ministers. This camp was of the view that black people or the Negro slaves were inferior to their masters who were white farmers and manufacturers. To this end, the non-Christians camp could not let it go. They did not believe that slavery would end. It is the constant push and pulls between the supporters of the missionaries and the ministers and the non-Christians that led to the American civil war. Thanks to the antislavery campaigns, activists, philosophers and leaders like Adam Smith that slavery ended. Churches championed the tame for slavery and human abuse by their origin and the color of their skin.
There was an emergence of the immediatism in the minds of British and Americans who condemned slavery. To this end, the reforming impulse was defined by slogans such immediate liberation. Immediate freedom was a slogan that was common in both Europe and America. Activists and missionaries believed that the time for ending slavery had come (Mathews 204). These preachers and activists defined slavery as primitive and a backward approach that disregards the equality of humans without regard to race, their ethnicity as well as their origin. Immediate liberation focused the abolition of slave trade and slavery promptly without

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