Analysis Of ' The Great Awakening '

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The brand of education amongst slaves from the Great Awakening takes on several faces, some prove to be profitable to the ideas spread by Whitefield while others prove to be detrimental to the perception of educating slaves in Christianity that prevent the further expansion of evangelization to slaves. Two portrayals of implementation of Awakening rhetoric are with the Bryan family, southern planters in South Carolina, and Samuel Davies, a minister in Virginia. The Bryan family had a connection with George Whitefield because they would provide assistance to evangelicals and in particular with Whitefield’s Bethesda orphanage in Georgia. They owned a plantation in South Carolina that helped provide financial support for the orphanage and they were zealous about the new wave of evangelicalism in the colonies and were seeking ways that they could implement the new teachings into their lives. Jonathan Bryan began to seek reforms in the institution of slavery in South Carolina by following the teachings of Whitefield. Their critiques of South Carolina were that there was no time for slaves to convert to Christianity because they would generally work seven days a week and not have the opportunity to hear about Christianity.
The Bryans’ reforms amongst slavery was not welcomed by many South Carolinians and a committee was formed to investigate the level of reform that the Bryans had and the report said that a “great Numbers of Negroes and other Slaves have several Times
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