The Religious History of America: The Heart of the American Story from Colonial Times to Today

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HarperCollins, 2002 - History - 454 pages
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In this book, Leigh Schmidt teams up with Edwin Gaustad to produce a fully revised, updated, and expanded version of a modern classic. First published in 1966, The religious history of America made the religious dimensions of our common history readily accessible. This edition expands its scope, increasing the emphasis on pluralism, religious practices, and spiritual seeking, as well as the direct connection of religion to social and political struggle. The authors have replaced the five distinct ages of Gaustad's previous editions with a more explicit emphasis on specific historical markers, carrying the multifaceted story of religion in the United States into the twenty-first century. This edition is extensively illustrated and has a new emphasis on African-American and Native American religious life and Eastern religions.

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User Review  - gdill - LibraryThing

Very good book that gives a general overview of America's religious history. Beginning from the first European explorers and settlers upon the New World and ending with the great mass of plurality of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Justinglenn - Goodreads

Leans slightly to the liberal side in evaluating the history of religion in America, particularly when it comes to the 20th century. But it's a good overview. Read full review

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Edwin S. Gaustad is a professor of history at the University of California, Riverside. He is a noted church historian and the author of over a dozen books, including The Great Awakening in New England, Dissent in American Religion, and A Religious History of America.

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