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History of Religion in America

In this course we will explore in both broad scope and some more focused case-studies the role religion has played in North American social, cultural, and even political history. The object is to explore religion both as an extraordinary experience or abstract idea and as an important component of individual and group social identity in the American past. We can all agree that there were churches, congregations, and denominations in the American past; but how did religion operate in American history? What was the interaction between otherworldly faiths and present, worldly, and temporal interests of humans?


This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Charles Israel

Auburn University

Public College or University
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Undergraduate Course
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Religious Studies, History

Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Islam, Protestant
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Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Race/Ethnicity, Region/Urban/Rural

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