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Religion in America

This course asks how diverse American groups have used Biblical scripture to cast themselves as God’s elect, chosen to create the New Israel in the U.S. Beginning with Native American religions, Puritans and the colonial project, we move to slave religion, the Great Awakening, Mormons and Millerites, AfroChristianity, Fundamentalism, and selected U.S. Catholicisms and Judaisms, as well as new immigrant religions (Haitian Vodou, Rastafari). We will be interested in asking how each religious group fashions both its own identity and that of the U.S. as a whole.


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

Elizabeth McAlister

Wesleyan University

Private College or University
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Undergraduate Course
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Religious Studies, History

Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous, Judaism, Other Christianities, Other Traditions, Protestant
Religous Tradition

Family/Children/Reproduction, Immigration/Refugees, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

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