Distributed bibles in an effort to ensure that every family had access to the sacred text: the american sunday school union. Focused on the religious education of children and published religious materials specifically for young readers: the american tract society. Formed with the goal of disseminating the protestant revival message in a flurry of publications: missionaries and circuit riders brought the message of the awakening across the united. States: revival spurred many slaveholders to begin encouraging their slaves to become. Slaveholders came to believe that if slaves learned the right form of. Christianity, then slaves would be more obedient and hardworking. Methodists: charles grandison finney - presbyterian minister, rose to prominence as one of the most important evangelicals in the movement, led revival meetings in new york and pennsylvania. His greatest success occurred after he accepted a ministry in rochester, Enlightenment, emphasizing instead emotion and the sublime: began giving lectures on his romanticism-influenced ideas, published nature.