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A History of Religion in America

1st Edition

By Bryan Le Beau

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440 pages

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pub: 2017-09-14
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A History of Religion in America provides comprehensive coverage of the history of religion in America, with the first volume covering the first settlements through to the Civil War and the second volume from the end of the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century. The two volumes explore major religious groups in the United States and examine a range of topics:

  • Native American religion
  • Religion and the Founding Fathers
  • Religion and reform in the 19th century
  • The American Civil War
  • Immigration’s impact on American religion
  • Religion in Cold War America
  • Religion in Post-9/11 America

Chronologically arranged and integrating various religious developments into a coherent historical narrative, this set of books 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.

Reviews

"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

Table of Contents

Volume One:

List of figures

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction

1. Native American Religion and Its European Encounter

2. British Colonization and the Origins of American Religion

3. Religion and the American Revolution

4. Religion and the Early Republic

5. Religion and the Age of Reform

6. A People Apart

7. Civil War and the Churches

Index

Volume Two:

List of Figures

Acknowledgments

Introduction

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?

Index

About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
REL000000
RELIGION / General