Puritans and Revolutionaries: Religion and the Making of America

  • Faculty: Mark Valeri
  • Schedule: Mondays/Wednesdays 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Course Number: L57 RelPol 235

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.