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Columbia Guide to Religion in American History

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ISBN-10: 0231140207

ISBN-13: 9780231140201

Edition: 2012

Authors: Paul Harvey, Edward J. Blum

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The first guide to American religious history from colonial times to the present, this anthology features twenty-two top scholars discussing major themes and topics in the development of the diverse religious traditions of the United States, such as the growth and spread of evangelical culture, the mutual influence of religion and politics, the rise of fundamentalism, the role of gender and popular culture, and the problems and possibilities of pluralism. Geared toward general readers, students, researchers, and scholars, this volume provides concise yet broad surveys of specific fields, with an extensive glossary and bibliographies detailing relevant books, films, articles, music, and media resources for navigating different streams of religious thought and culture.The guide opens with a thematic exploration of American religious history and culture and follows with twenty topical chapters, each of which illuminates the dominant questions and lines of inquiry that have determined scholarship within the chapter's chosen theme. Contributors also outline areas in need of further, more sophisticated study and identify critical resources for additional research. An A to Z glossary lists crucial people, movements, groups, concepts, and historical events, enhanced by extensive statistical data.
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Book details

List price: $66.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 2/21/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 480
Size: 6.57" wide x 9.92" long x 1.35" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

Jon Gjerde died in October 2008. He was Alexander F. and May T. Morrison professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1982. His areas of expertise included nineteenth-century America with particular reference to immigration and religion, and he published some thirty articles on these subjects. He also published FROM PEASANTS TO FARMERS: THE MIGRATION FROM BALESTRAND, NORWAY, TO THE UPPER MIDDLE WEST (1985) and THE MINDS OF THE WEST: THE ETHNOCULTURAL EVOLUTION OF THE RURAL MIDDLE WEST, 1830-1917 (1997), both of which won the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award of the Immigration History Society for the best book in agricultural history.Edward J. Blum, associate professor of history at San Diego State University, earned his B.A. in history from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. His first book, REFORGING THE WHITE REPUBLIC: RACE, RELIGION, AND AMERICAN NATIONALISM, 1865-1898 (2005), won the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship, the C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize from the Southern Historical Association, and the Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities from the Council of Graduate Schools. His second book, W. E. B. DU BOIS, AMERICAN PROPHET (2007), was a finalist for the Grawemeyer Award in Religion. Both of these works received honorable mention from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. In 2007, History News Network named Blum a "Top Young Historian." He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Constitutional Studies at George Washington University. Blum is currently writing a history of conceptions of evil during the Civil War era.

Introduction: Major Themes in American Religious History
Colonial Encounters
Native American Religions
Civil Religion and National Identity
Evangelicals in American History
Religion and Politics
Religion and the Law in American History
Religion, War, and Peace
Religion, Gender, and Sexuality
Religion, Race, and African American Life
Religion, Ethnicity, and the Immigrant Experience
Asian American Religions
Alternative Religious Movements in American History
Religion and the Environment
Religion and Popular Culture
Religious Conservatism and Fundamentalism
Catholicism in America
American Judaism
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ("Mormons")
Islam in America
American Religious History, A-Z
Selected Online American Religious History Resources