Religion: What were the broad religious patterns?

 

 

Issue

New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI)

Middle Colonies (DE, NY, NJ, PA)

South (GA, MD, NC, SC, VA)

What were the broad religious patterns?

Predominantly Calvinist.

 

In general, the section was religious and had religious organizations readily available.

 

In the 1730s-1750s,

Varied religions including Quaker, Anglican, Catholic, Dutch Reform, with additional groups coming in during the post-1700 period with European immigrants.

 

In general, the section was religious and had religious organizations readily available.

Officially Anglican and sometimes not having a church because of cost issues.

 

Only 72 churches had ministers.

 

Think about this time period: Without a church, there was no one to marry couples and register children born.

What changes occurred?

In the 1730s-1750s, the Great Awakening, an intense revival movement, spread from New England to the Middle Colonies. It led to the formation of new educational institutions to teach their ministers. Click here for examples.

Note: Influences such as Methodism did not occur until post-1730s, with the Methodists using circuit riders to take church services (marriage, baptism, etc.) to the people even though there was no church.

 

1750s, VA, NC Baptist

 

 

New England

         CT Connecticut

         ME Maine

         MA Massachusetts

         NH New Hampshire

  • RI Rhode Island

Middle Colonies

         DE Delaware

         NY New York

         NJ New Jersey

         PA Pennsylvania

South

         GA Georgia

         MD Maryland

         NC North Carolina

         SC South Carolina

  • VA Virginia