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(Prominent timeline entries for this religious group)

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Billy Graham's Los Angeles Crusade

Billy Graham's Los Angeles Crusade (1949) catapulted the southern evangelist into the national spotlight for the first time.

Election of Jimmy Carter

In 1976, Jimmy Carter was the first self-proclaimed "born again" Christian elected president of the United States.

Jerry Falwell Helps Found the Moral Majority

With the help of Baptist preacher Jerry Falwell in 1979, the founding of the Moral Majority would later influence Ronald Reagan's election in 1980.

Nat Turner's Rebellion

Nat Turner’s rebellion (1831) is the most famous slave revolt in American history.

Rhode Island Royal Charter

In 1663, the Rhode Island Royal Charter made a unified government in the colony possible, acknowledged American Indian land rights, and declared religious toleration.

Roger Williams Founds Providence, Rhode Island

In 1636, Roger Williams founded Rhode Island, which became known for its religious tolerance and deregulation of religious behavior.

Southern Baptist Convention Founded

The Southern Baptist Convention (1845) resulted from a split between Northern and Southern Baptists over slavery. It is now the largest Protestant denomination in America.

Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Founded in 1957, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) believed that racial equality was a Christian imperative and utilized non-violent protests to combat racism.

The First Great Awakening

The First Great Awakening (1730s-1770s) was a series of religious revivals that propelled the expansion of evangelical denominations in the colonies.

The Second Great Awakening

The Second Great Awakening(s) (1790s-1840s) fueled the rise of an evangelical Protestant majority in antebellum America, giving rise to new denominations and social reform organizations.

Thomas Jefferson's Letter to the Danbury Baptists

In 1802, Thomas Jefferson's letter contained the phrase "a wall of separation between Church and State," important in later legal interpretations of the first amendment.

Virginia's Religious Disestablishment

In 1786, the Virginia legislature passed a bill by Thomas Jefferson ending the Anglican Church's formal establishment as the state religion.

Biographies by Last Name
Fuller, Charles Edward

Charles Fuller (1887-1968) was a prominent evangelist on the popular evangelical radio show "The Old Fashioned Revival Hour" and founded Fuller Theological Seminary.

Graham, William "Billy"

Billy Graham (1918-present) was the preeminent evangelist of the second half of the 20th century, preaching to millions in the United States and abroad.

Judson, Adoniram

Adoniram Judson (1788-1850) was one of the first American missionaries to travel to Burma, inspiring other Protestants to engage in overseas missionary work.

King, Martin Luther

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was an African-American Baptist minister and civil rights leader who combined Gandhi’s nonviolent philosophy and Christian love to fight racism.

Rauschenbusch, Walter

Walter Rauschenbusch (1861-1918) was the main founding theologian of the Social Gospel.

Williams, Roger

Roger Williams (1603-1683) was a theologian, advocate for the separation of civil and church authority, and founder of Rhode Island.

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