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After the War of 1812 a feeling of nationalism swept over the country Nationalism is the spirit of nation-consciousness or national oneness In other words it is a feeling of unity throughout the country usually associated with a feeling of national superiority Nationalism lasted for a short time however people noticed their complacency growing throughout the newly formed nation This is the story of a gathering of people to Cane Ridge Kentucky and their revival toward a strong religious nation In the summer of 1801 18 Presbyterian ministers plus several Baptists and Methodists gathered at a Presbyterian meeting house in Bourbon County for one of the largest camp meeting revivals ever seen up to that time Claims that up to twenty five thousand of people camped out but in all actuality a more reliable figure may be near one thousand gathered to hear the preachers message of unity among denominations and a return to biblical basics Backgrounds of those who attended werent in concern Many of the sermons had social and political messages too inspiring some revivalgoers to return home and emancipate their slaves The Cane Ridge revival is credited as the impetus for the founding of the Christian Church and the Christian Church Disciples of Christ denominations and with helping to attract the Shakers to Kentucky Regardless of the number of people who attended one thing is for certain scores of people packed tightly together during the rainstorms to participate So many that moving about was difficult Some preachers stood on logs others on tree stumps to convey their stories People who were out of hearing range testified amongst themselves Strange was their religious worship They hollered danced shouted as if celebrating gala party The din even described like the sound of Niagara Falls The revivals lasted throughout the night and into the day and went on for days The Reverend William Burke lays claim that he attracted ten thousand people before him one
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