Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Speaker: Nicholas E. Bonneau
Epidemics and Awakenings in the First Congregational Church of Haverhill, Massachusetts, 1735-1740
In May of 1736, John Boynton of Haverhill, Massachusetts, proclaimed to fellow parishioners, "I have been awakened and put upon my duty by the many and sudden deaths in this place." While intense religious revivals had sprung up across the Atlantic world, this relation of faith found its inspiration in a biological event particular to the frontier communities of Northern...