L57 RelPol 235

Puritans and Revolutionaries: Religion and the Making of America

Fall 2015, M/W 2:30–4:00PM

This course introduces students to the history of religion and politics in America from the English settlements of Virginia and Massachusetts Bay during the early seventeenth century through the constitutional debates of the 1780s.

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This course introduces students to the history of religion and politics in America from the English settlements of Virginia and Massachusetts Bay during the early seventeenth century through the constitutional debates of the 1780s. It pays attention to both formal legal issues regarding religious establishments and wider matters concerning political sentiments and their relationship to religious ideas or values. The course does not advocate a defining argument or single ideological “point,” but, rather, facilitates a series of observations of how different positions on the role of religion in early America made sense in their respective historical contexts.

  • The lectures and readings are very interesting and engaging. I enjoyed coming to class.

    — Fall 2019

  • This course can be challenging at times, but the information learned is quite interesting.

    — Fall 2019