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Religion in U.S. History Since 1865

The United States has been called a nation with the soul of a church. It has also been called wicked, soulless and corrupt. A Christian nation and a melting pot where all faiths are welcome. Religion plays, and has always played, a central role in the nation’s history, but that has never been a simple history. This course will explore American religion as an ongoing series of conversations: over the role of religion in our politics, in our understanding of each other, in the way we engage science and knowledge, in the way we understand gender and family, and in our mass media and culture.


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

Kate Carté Engel

Texas A&M University

Public College or University
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Undergraduate Course
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Religious Studies, History

General Comparative Traditions
Religous Tradition

Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Politics/Law/Government, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Science/Technology/Environment

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