HISTORY 270 - Religion in America
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Contrary to the expectations of some (and with apologies to Mark Twain), rumors of the demise of religion in the modern national and global era have proven to be greatly exaggerated. Along with continuing to provide the “sacred canopy” over communities and individuals, religion continues to claim space in the national public square; from local school boards to presidential races, it simply refuses to go away. This course will provide a historical frame within which to understand the ebb and flow of religious traditions in the United States, in its contiguous neighbors, and in its far-flung territories. From Puritans to Pentecostals (and everything in between, around, over, and under — non-Christian religions will be included), this course will examine the course of religious institutions, traditions and practices from pre-Columbian to postmodern times, looking especially at themes of encounter and contact, insider vs. outsider, migration and place, and borrowing from other disciplinary tool chests (e.g., ethnomusicology) and subdisciplinary methods in religious studies (e.g., “lived” and “material” religion). This course is as much about the pluribus as it is about the unum of America’s religion(s).

We will follow the thematic and historical contours offered by Catherine Albanese in her definitive textbook, America: Religion and Religions, examine primary documents and critical essays in the anthology by Patrick Allitt (Major Problems in American Religious History), and weave in more creative works by such authors as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Willa Cather, and James Baldwin. Some assignments will also involve listening and viewing exercises. Several short reflection papers will be required, along with occasional quizzes, a short research paper, and a midterm and a final exam. Two lectures and one discussion section per week. No prerequisites.

HISTORY 270 - Religion in America
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
41319
Open
28
 
-
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Students are auto-enrolled in lecture when they elect a Discussion.
002 (DIS)
P
41321
Open
10
 
-
W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
41323
Open
12
 
-
W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
41325
Open
6
 
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M 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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Note:
The Cabeza de Vaca and Harriet Beecher Stowe texts may be available on-line through UM libraries.
ISBN: 0534627390
America, religions and religion, Author: Catherine L. Albanese., Publisher: Thomson Wadsworth 4th ed. 2007
Required
ISBN: 0395964199
Major problems in American religious history : documents and essays, Author: ed. by Patrick Allitt., Publisher: Houghton Mifflin 1st ed. 2000
Required
ISBN: 0520070631
Castaways : the narrative of Alvar Nu?ez Cabeza de Vaca, Author: edited by Enrique Pupo-Walker ; translated by Frances M. Lopez-Morillas., Publisher: University of California Press 1993
Required
ISBN: 058536396X
Uncle Tom's cabin, Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe ; edited with an introduction and notes by Jean Fagan Yellin., Publisher: Oxford University Press 1998
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0679728899
Death comes for the archbishop, Author: Willa Cather., Publisher: Vintage Books 1990
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0375701885
The amen corner : a play, Author: by James Baldwin., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 1998
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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