From the landing of the Pilgrims to the influence by the Christian Right in contemporary politics, religion has always been a central part of American identity. This topic will examine the role that faith has played at key moments in the history of the United States from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. It will look at the way that religious beliefs have moved people to action and the part that faith has played in various social movements. It will explore the way that religion has overlapped with politics and the various ways that religion has been understood across the political spectrum. It will also investigate historical moments where concerns about faith and religion have come to the fore.
This topic aims to:
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