History | Colloq-United States History
H650 | 3029 | Stein


A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section meets with AMST G620, REL R635 AND R735

TOPIC:  RELIGION AND REGION IN EARLY AMERICA

This graduate course, which meets with sections from the Department
of  Religious Studies (R635 and R735) and the American Studies
Program (G620) will focus on the diverse ways in which religious
life and thought developed in the different geographical regions
first constituting the European colonies and then eventually the
United States.  Drawing on an increasingly focused body of
scholarship dealing with these regions (New England, Mid-Atlantic
region, the South, the Transappalachian region, French Canada, and
Spanish regions in North America), participants in this course will
examine the regionalization of traditions and denominations, the
interaction of religion with social and political patterns, and the
issues and values that led to conflict among the different regions.
This course will make use of primary materials as well as periodical
literature in addition to select texts for purchase.  Students
enrolled for the colloquium (R635/H650/G620) will prepare a major
bibliographical essay drawing on both primary and secondary
published materials.  Students enrolled for the seminar (R735) will
prepare a research paper for a professional journal in their own
field of specialization.  Mutual critiquing of both kinds of
assignments will form the conclusion of the course.

The following volumes will form a portion of the required reading.

Patricia U. Bonomi, Under the Cope of Heaven

Randall H. Balmer, A Perfect Babel of Confusion:  Dutch Religion and
English Culture in the Middle Colonies
Graham Russell Hodges, Root and Branch:  African Americans in New
York and East Jersey, 1613-1863

Daniel K. Richter, The Ordeal of the Longhouse:  The Peoples of the
Iroquois League in the Era of European Colonization

Cedric B. Cowing, The Saving Remnant:  Religion and the Settling of
New England

Paul E. Johnson, A Shopkeeper’s Millennium:  Society and Revivals
in Rochester, New York, 1815-1837

Christine L. Heyrman, Southern Cross:  The Beginnings of the Bible
Belt