Development of a Nation 1783-1815: Religion Research Article from American Eras

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An English observer at the 1801 Cane Ridge camp meeting offered this description of the behavior of the revivalists who found themselves caught up by the movements of the Spirit: Thoughtless infidels have fallen as suddenly as if struck by lightning . . . sometimes at the very moment they are uttering blasphemies against the work. Immediately after they become totally powerless, they are seized with a general tremor, and sometimes, though not often, they, utter one or two. piercing shrieks in the moment of falling. Persons in this situation are affected in different degrees; . . . sometimes when unable to stand or sit, they have the use of their hands and can converse with perfect composure. In other cases, they are unable to speak, the pulse, becomes weak, and they draw a difficult breath about once a minute, in some instances their extremities become cold, and pulsation, breathing...

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