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Part I: The Colonial Period
1. The Spiritual Crisis of European Colonization -- Calvin Martin, "The European Impact on the Culture of a Northeastern Algonquian Tribe: An Ecological Interpretation"
2. Did the Puritans Start it All? -- Perry Miller, "Errand Into the Wilderness"
3. William Penn and the English Origins of American Religious Pluralism -- Edmund S. Morgan, "The World and William Penn"
4. Document: Christianity Shapes American Slavery -- Thomas Bacon, " A Sermon to Maryland Slaves, 1749"
5. Debate: "The Great Awakening" - Fact or Fiction? -- Harry S. Stout, "Religion, Communications, and the Ideological Origins of the American Revolution", and Jon Butler, "Enthusiasm Described and Decried: The Great Awakening as Interpretative Fiction"
6. The Challenge of a Woman's Religion -- Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe, "The Spiritual Pilgrimage of Sarah Osborn (1714-1796)"
Part II: The Nineteenth Century
7. Immigrants and Religion in America -- Jay P. Dolan, "The Immigrants and Their Gods: A New Perspective in American Religious History"
8. Female Language in the American Religious Experience -- Barbara Welter, "The Feminization of American Religion"
9. The Rise of an American Originial: Mormonism -- Gordon S. Wood, "Evangelical America and Early Mormonism"
10. What Religious Pluralism Meant -- R. Laurence Moore, "Insiders and Outsiders in American Historical Narrative and American History"
11. Documents and Debate: On Whose Side? God, Slavery and the Civil War -- Frederick Douglass, "Address on 'Evangelical Flogging'", and George D. Armstrong, "The Christian Doctrine of Slavery: God's Work in God's Way
12. The Occult in the American Religious Tradition -- Mary Farrell Bednarowski, "Women in Occult America"
13. Indians, Missions, and Cultural Conflict -- Raymond J. DeMallie, "The Lakota Ghost Dance: An Ethnohistorical Account"
14. Religion and Politics -- Robert P. Swierenga, "Ethnoreligious Political Behavior in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: Voting, Values, Cultures"
15. The Creation of an African-American Preaching Style -- William E. Montgomery, "The Preachers"
16. The Rise of American Fundamentalism -- George M. Mardsen "Fundamentalism as an American Phenomenon: A Comparison with English Evangelicalism"
Part III: The Twentieth Century
17. Religion and Sociology -- Bryan Wilson, "Secularization: The Inherited Model"
18. Commercial Culture and American Christianity -- Leigh Eric Schmidt, "The Easter Parade: Piety, Fashion, and Display"
19. Debate: 1920-1940: Dark Ages of American Protestantism? -- Robert T. Handy, "The American Religious Depression, 1925-35", and Joel A. Carpenter, "Fundamentalist Institutions and the Rise of Evangelical Protestantism, 1929-1942"
20. Judaism and the American Experience -- Jonathon D. Sarna, "Seating and the American Synagogue"
21. The Unspeakable Relationship: Religion and Bigotry in America -- Leonard Dinnerstein, "Antisemitism in the Depression Era (1933-1939)"
22. Catholicism, Gender, and Modern Miracles -- Robert A. Orsi, "'He Keeps Me Going': Women's Devotion to Saint Jude Thaddeus and the Dialectics of Gender in American Catholicism, 1929-1965"
23. Martin Luther King and the Secular Power of Religious Rhetoric -- Hortense J. Spillers, "Martin Luther King and the Style of Black Sermon"
24. Debate and Documents: Religion, Society, and Politics in Modern Times -- Joseph A. Johnson, Jr. "Jesus the Liberator", U.S. Catholic Bishops, "A Pastoral Message: Economic Justice for All and Jerry Falwell, "The Imperative of Moral Involvement"