Religion in American History / Edition 1

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Throughout the history of the United States, religion contributed both to forces of diversity, fragmentation, and factionalism, and also to the need for union and a sense of cultural belonging. Bringing together a team of the world's leading scholars in the field, this book provides a cutting edge interpretation about the place of religion in American history and its impact across a range of issues, from identity formation and politics, to race, gender, and class.

With a crisp and engaging style, Religion in American History is a comprehensive introduction to the field of American religious history, ranging from the earliest contact between Europeans and Native Americans, right through to the present day. It is accessibly structured into four key eras covering: exploration and encounter (1492-1676); the Atlantic world (1676-1802); American empire (1803-1898); and global reach (1898-present). Blending together a chronological approach with thematic organization, the chapters reference each other in ways that make possible interconnections between historical periods and among the different areas of religious life.

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Editorial Reviews

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“At a time when the role of faith and belief in American life is receiving renewed attention, this is a valuable introduction to the nation’s religious heritage.”  (Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 1 July 2012)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405161381
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/3/2010
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 813,786
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Porterfield is Robert A. Spivey Professor of Religion and Professor of History at Florida State University. She has written books on the New England Puritans, Protestant women missionaries in the 19th century, and the transformation of American religion after 1960. Her publications include The Transformation of American Religion: The Story of a Late-Twentieth Century Awakening (2001); American Religious History (ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2002); and The Protestant Experience in America (2006).

John Corrigan is the Lucius Moody Bristol Distinguished Professor of Religion and Professor of History at Florida State University. He has published extensively on American religious history, religion and emotion, religious intolerance, and religion and spatiality. His recent books include The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion (2008) and Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History (with Lynn Neal, 2010).

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Table of Contents

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Notes on Contributors

Introduction 1

Part I Exploration and Encounter (1492-1692) John Corrigan Corrigan, John 9

1 Politics John Corrigan Corrigan, John 11

2 Cosmology Amanda Porterfield Porterfield, Amanda 29

3 Community John Corrigan Corrigan, John 49

4 Practice Sarah Rivett Rivett, Sarah 69

Part II The Atlantic World (1692-1803) Tracy N. Leavelle Leavelle, Tracy N. 89

5 Politics Tracy N. Leavelle Leavelle, Tracy N. 91

6 Cosmology Jon Sensbach Sensbach, Jon 109

7 Community Stephen A. Marini Marini, Stephen A. 134

8 Practice Kenneth P. Minkema Minkema, Kenneth P. 151

Part III American Empire (1803-1898) Martha L. Finch Finch, Martha L. 171

9 Politics Martha L. Finch Finch, Martha L. 173

10 Cosmology Mark A. Noll Noll, Mark A. 190

11 Community Robert Fuller Fuller, Robert 210

12 Practice Heather D. Curtis Curtis, Heather D. 229

Part IV Global Reach (1898-Present) Christopher White White, Christopher 247

13 Politics Christopher White White, Christopher 249

14 Cosmology Charles H. Lippy Lippy, Charles H. 266

15 Community Kathryn Lofton Lofton, Kathryn 285

16 Practice Peter W. Williams Williams, Peter W. 302

Acknowledgments Candy Gunther Brown Brown, Candy Gunther 321

Index Candy Gunther Brown Brown, Candy Gunther 323

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