Fall 2021

Religion, Democracy, and American Culture

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-217

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Francis G. Couvares (Section 01)


[Pre-1900] The United States has inscribed the separation of church and state into its constitutional order, and yet Americans have for two centuries been more deeply committed to religious faith and practice than any other people in the Western world. This course endeavors to explore that paradox. Topics addressed include the changing meanings of "the city on a hill"; the varieties of millennial belief and utopian community; the relationship between religion, ethnicity, and gender; religious political activism, including abolition, prohibition, anti-war and anti-abortion movements; and the limits of religious tolerance from movements against Catholics and Mormons to recent warnings of a "clash of civilizations" with Muslim cultures.

Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Professors Couvares.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to majors, then first and second year students


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2016, Spring 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2021