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  • Population growth, ethnic diversity, the increasing importance of cities, the creation an urban elite, rising levels of consumption and the growth of a stronger internal economy. These changes, along with new trends in thought such as the Enlightenment and the great Awakening, transformed the colonies.
  • European intellectual movement known as The Enlightenment, which stressed a belief in rationality and people ability to understand the universe through mathematical or natural laws
  • The Great Awakening began in the new England in 1734 when Reverend Jonathan Edwards noted that his youthful members acted to a Calvinist based message (people can only attain salvation by surrounding completely to God's will) which created intense action and release from sin
  • The Great Awakening spread big time when George Whitefield from the Church of England arrived and began touring the colonies. He helped unify the colonies, but he also created the split in religion between the "old Lights" and the "New Lights". This led to increased toleration.  
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