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Satan in America: The Devil We Know

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Satan in America tells the story of America's complicated relationship with the devil. "New light" evangelists of the eighteenth century, enslaved African Americans, demagogic politicians, and modern American film-makers have used the devil to damn their enemies, explain the nature of evil and injustice, mount social crusades, construct a national identity, and express anx ...more
Hardcover, 243 pages
Published October 28th 2009 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published 2009)
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John
Aug 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: satan, nonfiction
Poole's book is organized around lecture notes, I imagine. Why? Because he covers a ton of ground in very few pages all structured to support his major thesis. The thesis is interesting and well argued. Poole provides many, many examples of how America's conception and relationship to the Devil/Evil is a complex maze of nationalism, finger-pointing accusation, and a real sense of "anti" morality. American evangelicalism has always been conservative and financially manipulative, but Poole argues ...more
Steve Wiggins
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the title indicates, this book is about the perception of the Devil in America. Poole is an insightful historian who knows how to choose interesting episodes and events to illustrate his points. Not exactly a primer on Satanism, this book will provide more than just conventional information about the prince of darkness. Naturally, I wrote further comments about it on my blog: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.
Keith
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a chronological history of how American society has used the devil as a scapegoat, excuse, motivator, entertainment, and political tool. i would say it is very interesting and enlightening. This phantom still lurks around every corner of our culture.
Dean
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well written, and I enjoyed that there was a lot of good content that was not repetative of other books on this topic.
Ed Meyer
Not as good as I had hoped. I was reading primarily for info on the "satanic panic" when people were seeing satanic cults everywhere and its relation to the recovered memory or false memory syndrome. The early chapters, a historical/sociological look at belief in the devil in America, we're good. This book also has a good bibliography.
Victoria
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Assigned reading freshman year of college, Dr. Poole was my professor.
Katie
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
A bit difficult to read at times, but a really interesting book about the religious relationship with the devil that America has. It also explains a lot.
Tim
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
some decent parts, gets a little long near the end.
Vegan Viajo
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Best dose of perspective out there
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