The Great Awakening was an important period in the history of colonies in the 1730s and 1740s. It emphasized the importance of church doctrine and in its place put a greater meaning on people and their spiritual experience. That period unified the American colonies as it spread through various preachers and revivals. That unification was greater than had ever been achieved until that time in the colonies.

 

References:

Kidd, T.S. (2007). The great awakening: the roots of evangelical Christianity in colonial America. p. 135.

Lambert, F. (June 2009). The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America. English Historical Review, 124(508), 714-716.

Sharp, M. (2007). The Great Awakening. p. 48.