Religious Studies | Religion in the U.S., 1850-Present
C302 | 29992 | B. Bayne

Carries COLL A & H distribution credit
Above class meets with REL-R532
Previously REL-R336
We will chart the development of religious life, thought, and
practice in the United States from 1850 to the present.  Using
primary source documents, music, and visual media, we will take up
the themes of race, diversity, and modernity as they relate to
religion in America.  We will study religious communities as they
made their way through the Civil War and towards Civil Rights, from
19th century immigration to post-9/11 discussions over religious
diversity, as well as the Scopes Trial and current debates over
separation of Church and State.  Along the way a few selected
secondary works will introduce fresh interpretations of these
subjects and present the wider historical concerns that frame
scholarly understanding of contemporary American religion.