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Religion in American History

We start with the creation of a Protestant hegemony and trace its development through the Civil War. We continue to examine the fragmentation of the religious landscape in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as a result of both pluralistic forces (e.g., immigration) and internal divisions among Protestants (e.g., the Modernist controversy). We conclude with the emergence of the postwar consensus surrounding civil religion. Class lectures places an emphasis on mainstream religion, but students are encouraged to explore “non-mainstream” religious issues in their papers.


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

Judith Hunter

State University of New York at Geneseo

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Undergraduate Course
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Religious Studies, History

General Comparative Traditions, Other Christianities, Protestant
Religous Tradition

Immigration/Refugees, Nationalism/War/Civil Religion

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