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At the end of the twentieth century, religion seems to be ubiquitous in America. Its existence and influence are especially apparent in our politics, but its presence is most deeply felt in our personal lives and experience. Was it always this way?
Offering a rich selection of classic and recent scholarship, Religion in American History: A Reader presents an extraordinary portrait of religion's fate across four centuries of the American experience. Its essays cover major issues in American history and religion, detailing religion's purpose in American life and examining many topics that are either ignored or minimized in similar books. It addresses the decline and revival of American Indian religion; women's powerful roles in American religion; immigration, assimilation, and separation and how they have contributed to the American religious experience; political activism; and religious bigotry. It also discusses Catholics, Protestants and fundamentalism, Mormons, and Jews. Selected debates encourage readers to test conflicting interpretations about religion's impact on American history, and original documents trace religion's influence on slavery, race, and politics from the colonial era to the late twentieth century.
Divided into three sections - colonial era, nineteenth century, and twentieth century - and featuring essays by prominent American historians, this volume serves as an excellent text for courses in American Religion, the History of Religion, and Religion and Culture. It is enhanced by helpful introductions to each essay and ample suggestions for further reading. Uniquely comprehensive, Religion in American History: A Reader serves as a one-volume tour through America's tumultuous, varied, and often misunderstood religious past.
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Jon Butler is William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies and History and Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University. He is the author of Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People (1990), The Huguenots in America: A Refugee People in New World Society (1990), Power, Authority, and the Origins of American Denominational Order: The English Churches in the Delaware Valley, 1680-1730 (1978), and numerous articles and essays.
Harry S. Stout is Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Christianity at Yale University and the John B. Madden Master of Berkeley College. He is the general editor of OUP's Religion and America Series and co-editor of New Directions in American Religious History (OUP, 1997). He is author of The New England Soul: Preaching and Religious Culture in Colonial New England (OUP, 1986), and co-editor of Jonathan Edwards and the American Experience (OUP, 1988), and Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, and the Representation of American Culture (OUP, 1993).
"A rich collection of documents and interpretative essays that provides an excellent window on the pluralistic reality of the American religious experience."--R. Emmott Curran, Georgetown University
"An interesting, provocative, and highly readable treatment of various expressions of American religion from an historical perspective. Written by two esteemed scholars in the field, this book will cause historians of American religion to reconsider some of their long-held presuppositions and
conclusions."-- Lewis V. Baldwin, Vanderbilt University
"Excellent selection of essays on American religious themes. I find it extremely useful for both graduate and undergraduate courses."--Rev. Thomas J. Shelley, Fordham University
"A rich panoply of important articles and source documents on key issues, movements, changes of mind and leadership in the history of American religion."--Paul Bushnell, Illinois Wesleyan University
"An excellent selection of essays on religion in America and a convenient, one-volume edition for more extensive research in American History survey courses."--Dan O'Bryan, Sierra Nevada College
"Nice collection. Good balance. Excellent introductions....Should find wide use."--Greald M. Schnabel, Bemidji State University
"Quite a useful volume--includes a number of hard-to-find essays. Well selected."--David Hein, Hood College
"Very attractive and well thought out collection."--Timothy Miller, University of Kansas
"Excellent sourcebook for history of religion in America and its influence on American cultural ethos."--Glenn Kreider, The Criswell College
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