Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

The largest town in Kentucky had less than 2,000 people, yet 25,000 arrived at Cane Ridge, Ky., this day, Aug. 7, 1801, from as far away as Ohio and Tennessee, to hear the preaching of Methodist, Baptist and Presbyterian ministers. Called “camp meetings,” the Rev. Moses Hodge described: “Nothing that imagination can paint can make a stronger impression. … Sinners dropping down on every hand, professors praying, [others] in raptures of joy! … There can be no question but it is of God, [as] the subjects … can give a clear and rational account of their conversion.”