Course description

This course is only offered in the Summer Session.

Even as Americans claim less adherence to religion with each passing year, the United States is a very religious place. Indeed, religion has been a prominent feature of American life and American politics since the era before Europeans and Africans arrived in North America. This course examines current, significant events, and major movements in American religious history. We will move chronologically from pre-contact to the twenty-first century, though the course is not designed to be a comprehensive survey. A major goal of the course is to reconsider the narrative of American religion in light of the histories of colonialism, indigenous dispossession, slavery, and white supremacy. To that end, race and place will be major themes as we consider the meaning and import of religious beliefs. practices, and institutions in American history.


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Previously offered classes

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