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Primary Readings in American Christianity, 1870-1940
W 1:30pm - 3:20pm
The United States changed dramatically in the period between the Civil War and the Second World War. Reconstruction, unprecedented levels of immigration, westward expansion, a newly global U.S. Empire, Progressive social reforms, the growth of scientific and popular racism, the first World War, the Roaring Twenties, and the Great Depression all left indelible marks on American cultural and religious life. What role did Christianity play in these historical developments, and how were Christian traditions transformed in the process? This seminar addresses these questions with a focus on selected primary sources, written by men and women representing a wide range of Christian traditions, regions, and racial/ethnic backgrounds.
Students are expected to have some background in U.S. history or the history of Christianity.
One primary source text of approx.150 pages per week; weekly online postings; one secondary source book review; and a final paper of 10-15 pages, with proposal and partial draft due earlier in the semester.
Participation: 10% Online forum: 20% Book Review: 20% Final Paper: 50%