HIST204 - RELIGION & POLITICS

Description: 
**HIST 204: Religion and Politics in America from the Puritans to the Religious Right ** 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.
Instructors: 
HANSON, RICHARD
Day and Time: 
M 0200PM-0500PM
Room: 
DAVID RITTENHOUSE LAB 3C6
Activity: 
SEM
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