Religion: Salem Revival

Revivals are as much a phenomenon of U. S. civilization as quilting bees or rail splitting. Georgia has been a revivalist stronghold ever since pioneer Evangelists John Wesley and George Whitefield saved souls there in the 1730s. But lately revivals have not done so well, even in Georgia. Few years ago famed Old Salem Campground, 32 miles southeast of At lanta, a scene of Methodist evangelistic meetings since 1828, had to turn interdenominational to survive. Last week, as it wound up a rousing ten-day camp meeting, Salem seemed to have hit the sawdust trail for a comeback.

To Old Salem's "tents" (pre-Civil...

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