Lead: In the 1740s George Whitefield and Benjamin Franklin combined business and religion in a most unlikely alliance.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The Great Awakening was a powerful religious revival in British North America between 1720 and 1750. Part of a general stirring of religious interest among Protestants and Roman Catholics in Continental Europe and under John Wesley, in England at about the same time. In America the movement was a reaction to dry, formalistic religion in the main denominations and at one point or another many Baptists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists along with some Anglicans were swept along in the tide of revival.