What is American About American Religious History?
This semester, students have explored the history of religion in America from a variety of perspectives, considering a central question What is American about American religious history? Two major themes have emerged that the class will explore in this interactive exhibit: religious pluralism and social reform. Diverse religious groups have developed beliefs and practices in the context of a diversifying religious landscape, while also struggling to shape American society in particular ways. For IDEAFest 2020, HIST/REL 348 proposes and interactive museum-style exhibit that will feature posters and performances that highlight lesser-known aspects of America’s religious history around the turn-of-the-twentieth century. Each of these topics highlights American religious pluralism and looks at how religious movements were involved with social change.
Andrews, Haley; Dreeszen, Hannah; Farrer, Izaak; Findlay, Elle; Howard, Allison; Mohr, Ryan; Olvera, Selena; Peacock, Erin; Peterson, Bainbridge; and Reifenrath, Anna, "What is American About American Religious History?" (2020). IdeaFest. 97.