HIST231 - PURITANS TO RELIGIOUS RIGHT: RELIGION AND POLITICS IN AMERICAN HISTORY

Description: 
How is it that America came to see itself as "God's country" or a Christian nation? Why did Protestant denominations proliferate in the 19th century after disestablishment? Why were certain groups' religious practices restricted despite religious freedom? When did presidents start ending inaugural addresses with "God Bless the United States of America"? This course traces the intersection of religion and politics in America from the colonial period to the present. We will cover such topics as Puritan theocracy and early experiments with religious freedom in the colonies, the move towards separation of church and state in the new nation, the rise of religious voluntarism, constitutional challenges, civil religion and the presidency, and religious pluralism and the limits of democracy and religious tolerance. *Dr. Hanson recently published an article in Time magazine about religion and Trump's inaugural address: http://time.com/4642696/donald-trump-god-faith/ *
Instructors: 
HANSON, RICHARD
Day and Time: 
R 0130PM-0430PM
Room: 

COLLEGE HALL 311F

Activity: 
SEM
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