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.
Table of Contents
List of figures
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
List of Figures
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.
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- James Hudnut-Beumler, Vanderbilt University Divinity School