God in America

Overview

For those who know that in America, religion matters, and for those who wish it didn't matter so much, comes God in America, a sweeping history of how religious faith has shaped the United States. Interweaving documentary footage, historical dramatizations, and interviews with religious historians, the series is an in-depth exploration of the historical role of religion in the public life, presented by PBS's American Experience and Frontline units. Over a course of six one-hour programs, the series examines the ...
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Overview

For those who know that in America, religion matters, and for those who wish it didn't matter so much, comes God in America, a sweeping history of how religious faith has shaped the United States. Interweaving documentary footage, historical dramatizations, and interviews with religious historians, the series is an in-depth exploration of the historical role of religion in the public life, presented by PBS's American Experience and Frontline units. Over a course of six one-hour programs, the series examines the potent and complex interaction between religion and democracy, the origins of the American concept of religious liberty, and the controversial evolution of that ideal in the nation's courts and political arena. The series considers the role religious ideas and institutions have played in social reform movements from abolition to civil rights, examining the impact of religious faith on conflicts from the American Revolution to the Cold War, and how guarantees of religious freedom created a competitive American religious marketplace. It also explores the intersection of political struggle and spiritual experience in the lives of key American historical figures including Franciscan Friars and the Pueblo leader Po'pay, Puritan leader John Winthrop and dissident Anne Hutchinson, Catholic Bishop John Hughes, abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, reform Rabbi Isaac Meyer Wise, Scopes trial combatants William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow, evangelist Billy Graham, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Moral Majority's Jerry Falwell. "The American story cannot be fully understood without understanding the country's religious history," says series executive producer Michael Sullivan. "By examining that history, God in America will offer viewers a fresh, revealing, and challenging portrait of the country."
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Special Features

Bonus behind-the-scenes videos: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln; Printable materials: study guide, eight visiting sacred spaces guides, and viewing party tool kit
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2010
  • UPC: 841887012942
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  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 6:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 36,681

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
David Belton Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- God in America
1. Introduction [4:02]
2. Native Americans Resist Catholicism [8:08]
3. A Conflict at the Heart of Puritans' Faith [6:42]
4. Anne Hutchinson's Rebellion [13:27]
5. George Whitefield: "You Must Be Born Again" [15:33]
6. The Demand For Religious Liberty [7:38]
7. Credits [4:00]
1. Religous Persecution In Virginia [2:22]
3. Jefferson Joins Forces With the Baptists [10:15]
4. The New Competitive Religous [13:05]
5. A New Protestant America [6:56]
6. The Catholic Threat [15:21]
7. Credits [4:00]
Disc #2 -- God in America
1. Introduction [12:35]
2. Christianity and Slavery [6:10]
3. Abraham Lincoln's Plea [11:38]
4. Lincoln's Spiritual Journey [10:09]
5. Lincoln's New Understanding of God [14:32]
6. The Blood of a Martyred President [3:59]
7. Credits [:00]
1. Should Judaism Change to Fit a Modern World? [12:35]
2. Conservative v Reform Judaism [6:10]
3. The Modernist Protestant Revolution [11:38]
4. Conservative Christians Fight Back [10:09]
5. The Scopes Monkey Trial [14:32]
6. Credits [3:59]
Disc #3 -- God in America
1. Introduction [4:06]
2. The Cold War's Merging of Faith & Patriotism [13:35]
3. The Battle Over Prayer In Public Schools [10:23]
4. Religion Fuels the Civil Rights Movement [6:53]
5. JFK Re-Ignites the Church-State Issue [4:15]
6. King's Powerful Exhortation [8:56]
7. King's Political Power [7:31]
8. Credits [3:30]
1. Conservative Protestants Get Po [12:06]
2. Reverend Falwell's "Moral Majority" [4:19]
3. President Reagan and the Christian Right [14:05]
4. The '90s: A New Wave of Immigrants [7:57]
5. A Backlash On Mixing Faith and Politics [7:54]
6. A New Political Consensus On Religion? [9:24]
7. Credits [3:30]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- God in America
   A New Adam
   A New Adam
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      A New Adam
      A New Eden
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Disc #2 -- God in America
   A Nation Reborn
   A New Light
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      A Nation Reborn
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Disc #3 -- God in America
   Soul of a Nation
   Of God and Caesar
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      Of God and Caesar
   Special Features
      Behind the Scenes: Frederick Douglass
      Behind the Scenes: Abraham Lincoln
      Outreach Materials and Resources
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