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Anglicans and Episcopalians in America  

Joan R. Gundersen

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Sep 2017
Episcopalians have built, reimagined, and rebuilt their church at least three different times over the course of 400 years in America. From scattered colonial beginnings, where laity both ... More

Anti-Catholicism in the United States  

Mark S. Massa S. J.

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Jun 2016
Historian John Higham once referred to anti-Catholicism as “by far the oldest, and the most powerful of anti-foreign traditions” in North American intellectual and cultural history. But ... More

Buddhism in America  

Jeff Wilson

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Aug 2016
Buddhist history in the United States traces to the mid-19th century, when early scholars and spiritual pioneers first introduced the subject to Americans, followed soon by the arrival of ... More

Calvinism in the United States  

Darryl Hart

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Jun 2016
The history of Calvinism in the United States is part of a much larger development, the globalization of western Christianity. American Calvinism owes its existence to the transplanting of ... More

Catholicism in the United States  

Margaret McGuinness

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Jul 2016
The Catholic Church has been a presence in the United States since the arrival of French and Spanish missionaries in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Spanish established a number of ... More

Christian Missions to American Indians  

Carol L. Higham

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May 2016
Comparing Catholic and Protestant missionaries in North America can be a herculean task. It means comparing many religious groups, at least five governments, and hundreds of groups of ... More

Indigenous Politics in Pontiac’s War  

Andrew Sturtevant

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May 2018
Although often attributed to the Odawa ogima, or headman, Pontiac, the conflict that bears his name was the work of a large and complicated network of Native people in the Ohio Valley, ... More

Labor and the Catholic Church  

Steve Rosswurm

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Jun 2018
The US Catholic Church was for most of its history—and, in many places, still is—a working-class church. The choice for worship by successive waves of immigrants, from the Irish to the ... More

Latina/o Religious Politics  

Felipe Hinojosa

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Apr 2018
Religion is at the heart of the Latina/o experience in the United States. It is a deeply personal matter that often shapes political orientations, how people vote, where they live, and the ... More

Latino Catholicism  

Timothy Matovina

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Sep 2015
The Latino/Latina or Hispanic Catholic presence spans the colonial era, the period of U.S. expansion during the 19th century, and the waves of new immigrants in the 20th and 21st ... More

Lutherans in America  

Mark A. Granquist

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Aug 2016
Lutherans are one branch of Protestant Christianity and have been in America for almost 400 years. Historically they have immigrated to America from Lutheran countries in Europe, ... More

Mormonism  

Matthew Bowman

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Mar 2016
The relationship between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—commonly called “Mormonism”—and the politics and culture of the United States is both contentious and intertwined. ... More

Muslims in America from the European Colonial Period to the Present  

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri

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Nov 2018
The history of Muslims in America dates back to the transatlantic mercantile interactions between Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Upon its arrival, Islam became entrenched in American ... More

Protestantism in America  

John Fea

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May 2017
It is virtually impossible to understand the history of the American experience without Protestantism. The theological and religious descendants of the Protestant Reformation arrived in ... More

The Puritans  

Sarah Rivett

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Aug 2016
The Puritans were a group of people loosely defined through their shared adherence to the reformed theological tradition, largely following the work of John Calvin. Beginning in the 16th ... More

Religion and Labor in the 20th Century  

Matthew Pehl

America’s tremendous diversities of faith, region, and ethnicity complicate efforts to generalize relationships between religious groups and the labor movement. Americans’ historic and ... More

Religion and Race in America  

Emily Suzanne Clark

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Feb 2017
Religion and race provide rich categories of analysis for American history. Neither category is stable. They change, shift, and develop in light of historical and cultural contexts. ... More

Religion in African American History  

Judith Weisenfeld

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Mar 2015
Dynamic and creative exchanges among different religions, including indigenous traditions, Protestant and Catholic Christianity, and Islam, all with developing theologies and institutions, ... More

Religion in the American City, 1600–1900  

Kyle B. Roberts

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Apr 2016
From Cahokia to Newport, from Santa Fe to Chicago, cities have long exerted an important influence over the development of American religion; in turn, religion has shaped the life of ... More

Religion in the American City, 1900–2000  

Christopher D. Cantwell

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Sep 2016
Home to more than half the U.S. population by 1920, cities played an important role in the development of American religion throughout the 20th century. At the same time, the beliefs and ... More

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