The Religious History of America: The Heart of the American Story from Colonial Times to Today
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The Religious History of America: The Heart of the American Story from Colonial Times to Today

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In this landmark work, award-winning Princeton historian Leigh Schmidt teams up with eminent American religious history scholar Edwin Gaustad to produce a fully revised, updated, and expanded version of a modern classic. First published in 1966, The Religious History of America made the religious dimensions of our common history readily accessible to a generation of reader...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by HarperOne (first published 2002)
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Great survey of America's fraught religious history--especially good for those of us with no particular background (or interest) in the subject. But if you need to get a sense of the nuts and bolts, Guastad and Schmidt render what can be a confusing, not to mention frustrating, area of study into a very accessible timeline of events.

Unlike other American surveys which hardly deviate from mainline Protestant histories, Gaustad presents a more cosmopolitan overview, and to that extent, a more accu...more
Joe Paulk
This is an excellent well-rounded survey of American religious history. While in no way concise, it wasn't intended to be and is an excellent reference tool. It could use a new edition, but then again, a second volume may be needed just for the last twenty years.
Carl Hovey
A good introduction to the religious history of the United States. Not my area of most interest, so, can't say much more that's particularly inspiring. You won't hate it, and, unless you're a scholar of church history, you probably won't love it.
Lissa Chandler
Gaustad catalogs all the main events and characters in America's religious history in this survey volume, successfully giving readers a fairly sound understanding on the subject.
Scott Lewis
This is a nice review of the subject, with some unique historical illustrations. Fine scholarship, but there are citations for the many intriguing quotations.
Leans slightly to the liberal side in evaluating the history of religion in America, particularly when it comes to the 20th century. But it's a good overview.
I loved this book!!! It was rather extensive, but definitely one of my favorites.
Dan Bates
good book on history of religion in america, a little dry
Ben Brandenburg
the best survey of american religious history
James Coats
Good, comprehensive history.
Kate Norton
Fantastic book.
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