Burned-Over District


The Burned-Over District is a term used by some to describe the region of Western New York in the historical period of 1800-1850. It is also sometimes called the Second Great Awakening with a combination of religious, social and political elements.

A lot of what defined this period was the notion that Jesus would soon return for total and final judgment and that therefore society needed to be perfected soon. But there were certainly other ideas, many of which contributed to the formation of the Latter Day Saints. While this overtone seems to ignore Jesus’ words that his kingdom was “not of this world,” it could arguably be attributed to the Mayflower pilgrims and their “Shining City on a Hill” idea. Both movements saw their “shining” heyday and their decline.

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