Saturday, June 21, 2014

Reading List for "Religion and Reform" in U.S. History to 1877

The following reading list is for the topic of "Religion and Reform" in United States History to 1877. For this segment, my professor requires five books (there is an * beside the required books) plus five more chosen from a group of possible electives. The list that I have come up with includes thirteen titles: nine books and four important articles/book chapters. Recommendations? Suggestions? Tell me what you think:

*Butler, Jon. Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People. Harvard, 1990.

*Flake, Kathleen. The Politics of American Religious Identity: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle. North Carolina, 2004.

Givens, Terrence. The Viper on the Hearth: Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy. Oxford, 1997.

*Hatch, Nathan O. The Democratization of American Christianity. Yale, 1989.

*Heyrman, Christine Leigh. Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt. Knopf, 1997.

Mathews, Donald G. "The Second Great Awakening as an Organizing Process, 1780-1830: An Hypothesis," American Quarterly 21 (Spring 1969): 23-43.

*Moore, R. Lawrence. Religious Outsiders and the Making of Americans. Oxford, 1986.

Noll, Mark A. and Luke E. Harlow, editors. Religion and American Politics: From the Colonial Period to the Present. 2nd ed. Oxford, 2007.
  • Harlow, Luke E. "Slavery, Race, and Political Ideology in the White Christian South Before and After the Civil War."
  • Stout, Harry S. "Rhetoric and Reality in the Early Republic."
  • Wilson, John F. "Religion, Government, and Power in the New American Nation."
Pascoe, Peggy. Relations of Rescue: The Search for Female Moral Authority in the American West, 1874-1939. Oxford, 1991.

Walters, Ronald G. American Reformers, 1815-1860. Rev. ed., Hill and Wang, 1997.

Wigger, John. American Saint: Francis Asbury and the Methodists. Oxford, 2009.

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