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Michael B. Amoruso (Section 01)
This course will use two themes—experience and authority—to help orient and guide students through a history of religion in the United States. Beginning with Native American religions in the precolonial period, we will explore the variety of religious traditions that have flourished within the contemporary geographical bounds of the United States. In addition to dominant forms of Protestant Christianity, we will learn about the rise of new religions like Spiritualism and Mormonism, Catholic and Jewish immigration in the late nineteenth century, and the growth of religions like Buddhism and Hinduism through immigration and import over the course of the twentieth century. We will consider how religious people made appeals to experience to establish, reinforce, and challenge political and religious authority. And throughout the course, we will pay special attention to issues like race and ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, asking how religion has alternately served as a vehicle for liberation and venue of oppression, and how religious debates dovetailed with the pressing social issues of the day.
Fall semester. Visiting Assistant Professor Amoruso.