Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History / Edition 1

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Overview

American narratives often celebrate the nation's rich heritage of religious freedom. There is, however, a less told and often ignored part of the story: the ways that intolerance and cultures of hate have manifested themselves within American religious history and culture.

In the first ever documentary survey of religious intolerance from the colonial era to the present, volume editors John Corrigan and Lynn S. Neal define religious intolerance and explore its history and manifestations, including hate speech, discrimination, incarceration, expulsion, and violence. Organized thematically, the volume combines the editors' discussion with more than 150 striking primary texts and pictures that document intolerance toward a variety of religious traditions. Moving from anti-Catholic Ku Klux Klan propaganda to mob attacks on Mormons, the lynching of Leo Frank, the kidnapping of "cult" members, and many other episodes, the volume concludes with a chapter addressing the changing face of religious intolerance in the twenty-first century, with examples of how the problem continues to this day.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Corrigan and Neal define religious intolerance and explore its history and manifestations."--American Catholic Studies Newsletter

"A welcome corrective to traditional tales of religious accommodation. . . . Recommended."--Choice

"Vibrantly illustrates the sometimes conspicuous, but more often insidious ways, in which religious intolerance has shaped American life. . . . A unique and essential volume."--Journal of Southern Religion

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807871188
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 5/10/2010
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 724,540
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John Corrigan is the Lucius Moody Bristol Distinguished Professor at Florida State University, where he chairs the religion department. He is author or editor of many books on American religious history and coeditor of the journal Church History.

Lynn S. Neal is assistant professor of religious studies at Wake Forest University and author of Romancing God: Evangelical Women and Inspirational Fiction (UNC Press).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

1 Religious Intolerance in Colonial America 17

2 Anti-Catholicism 49

3 Anti-Mormonism 73

4 Intolerance toward Nineteenth-Century Religious Groups 99

5 Intolerance toward Native American Religions 125

6 Anti-Semitism 147

7 Intolerance toward “New” Religions in the Twentieth Century 181

8 The Branch Davidians and Waco 115

The Culmination of Religious Intolerance Conclusion 247

Appendix: Web Resources for Combating Religious Intolerance 267

Notes 269

Index 277

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