A Documentary History of Religion in America - Vol. 2

A Documentary History of Religion in America - Vol. 2

A Documentary History of Religion in America - Vol. 2

A Documentary History of Religion in America - Vol. 2

Synopsis

For a good two decades teachers and students of American religious history have turned to the two-volume Documentary History of Religion in America for the most significant primary sources from the nation's founding to the present. Both volumes in this landmark work here appear in an updated and expanded third edition. Carefully refurbished by renowned historian of American religion Mark Noll, these rich sourcebooks contain original documents -- letters, sermons, court records, personal narratives, and more -- that chronicle the drama of American religious history. This third edition updates all of the bibliographical essays, brings the second volume up to the present, and incorporates other documents that reflect recent scholarly concerns, such as the religious dimensions of the Civil War and religious developments among women and people of color.

Excerpt

The scholarship of Edwin Gaustad that lay behind earlier editions of this documentary history was as impeccable for that purpose as it has been for all of his other major interpretations of American religion. As reviser, I have tried to do the minimum of necessary refurbishing in order to preserve the cohesion and breadth of those earlier editions. That refurbishing has meant an update of the bibliographical essays for the twelve chapters, a new set of documents for the dozen or so years since the second edition was prepared, and a few additions to reflect recent scholarly concerns. Those additions include a little more on the Civil War as a religious event, a few more documents reporting religious developments among women and people of color, and one or two new contributions related to research interests of my own. By way of compensation a few documents from the second edition have been dropped, but Professor Gaustad’s major, and even secondary, emphases still prevail. the conceptualization, organization, and flow of this edition remain his. I have been privileged to lend a hand in updating this work for what I hope will be another generation of readers as grateful as I have been for Ed Gaustad’s discerning guidance through the past. I am also pleased to acknowledge the great help I have received from my research assistant, Luke Harlow.

Mark A. Noll . . .

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