Enthusiasm Described and Decried: The Great Awakening as Interpretative Fiction

  title={Enthusiasm Described and Decried: The Great Awakening as Interpretative Fiction},
  author={Jon Butler},
  journal={The Journal of American History},
  • J. Butler
  • Published 1 September 1982
  • History
  • The Journal of American History
In the last half century, the Great Awakening has assumed a major role in explaining the political and social evolution of prerevolutionary American society. Historians have argued, variously, that the Awakening severed intellectual and philosophical connections between America and Europe (Perry Miller), that it was a major vehicle of early lower-class protest (John C. Miller, Rhys Isaac, and Gary B. Nash), that it was a means by which New England Puritans became Yankees (Richard L. Bushman… 

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