1st Edition

A History of Religion in America From the End of the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century

By Bryan Le Beau Copyright 2018
    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    A History of Religion in America: From the End of the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century provides comprehensive coverage of the history of religion in America from the end of the American Civil War to religion in post 9/11 America. The volume explores major religious groups in the United States and examines the following topics:

    • The aftermath of the American Civil War
    • Immigration’s impact on American religion
    • The rise of the social gospel
    • The fundamentalist response
    • Religion in Cold War America
    • The 60’s counterculture and the backlash
    • Religion in Post-9/11 America

    Chronologically arranged and integrating various religious developments into a coherent historical narrative, this book also contains useful chapter summaries and review questions. Designed for undergraduate religious studies and history students A History of Religion in America provides a substantive and comprehensive introduction to the complexity of religion in American history.


    1. The Challenges of Immigration, Growth, and Diversity

    2. Industrialization, Urbanization, and the Social Gospel, Here and Abroad

    3. Science Versus Religion: Action and Reaction

    4. Religion in America between the World Wars

    5. Religion in Post-World War II America, 1945 to 1960

    6. Religion in an Age of Turmoil – the 1960s and 1970s

    7. An Equal and Opposite Reaction: Conservative Retrenchment in the 1980s and 1990s

    8. Whither Religion in the Twenty-First Century?



    Bryan F. Le Beau is retired from the University of Saint Mary, where he served as Professor of History, Provost, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He is the author of several books on American cultural and religious history.

    "LeBeau's extensive, detailed, and expertly written survey brings a wide knowledge, sympathetic understanding, and critical perspective to American religious history. The volume has particular strengths in the subjects of science and religion, free thought and humanism, and contemporary religious pluralism." Paul Harvey, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA

    "It focuses student and faculty minds on important lessons of history from a particular time in history. Students who already believe that history is “one damn thing after another” are more likely to be able to say some definite things that they learned from the book and consequently the course using these texts as a result." - James Hudnut-Beumler, Vanderbilt University Divinity School