The OAH Magazine of History

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American Religion

from the editor

Teaching Religion in America and Race, by Phillip M. Guerty

Religion continues to play a central role in American life and as a result, remains integral to classroom discussions of the American past and of how that past shapes the present. This fact is especially revealed in the presidential campaigns currently going on around the country where candidates and commentators continually center their attention on religious beliefs and the historical relationship between church and state. Perhaps the best example of this focus is the amount of media attention paid to Mitt Romney’s recent speech about religion and his Mormon faith at College Station, Texas. Much like John F. Kennedy’s address about his Catholic beliefs to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association during the 1960 presidential campaign, Romney’s speech attempted to reassure potential voters that his religious ideas were compatible with their political views. Read more >


Religion in American History,
by Stephen J. Stein
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Early American Religious Traditions: Native Visions and Christian Providence,
by Kevin Sweeney
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“Sectarian Nation”: Religious Diversity in Antebellum America,
by Curtis D. Johnson
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Religious Inventions in America: New Religious Movements,
by Robert S. Fogarty
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Beyond Diversity and Multiculturalism: Pluralism and the Globalization of American Religion,
by R. Marie Griffith
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teaching resources

Disestablishment and Free Exercise: The Religion Clauses of the First Amendment,
by Thomas D. Hamm
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Religion’s Impact on American Social Issues,
by Amanda Porterfield
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The Many Faces of American Evangelicalism,
by Timothy D. Hall
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Integrating Islam and Muslims into the U.S. History Survey,
by Edward E. Curtis IV
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teaching american history with documents from the gilder lehrman collection

“Among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights”: George Washington and Religious Liberty,
by Mary V. Thompson
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This issue of the OAH Magazine of History is dedicated to Stephanie G. Wolf and Albert E. Wolf for their generous support of the Organization of American Historians.

on the cover

“War Dead Honored on Memorial Day Weekend,” Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C., 2007 (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) Reprinted with permission. Editor’s Note: The headstone pictured belongs to Capt. Humayun Saqib Muazzam Khan, of Bristow, Virginia, a Pakistani American who served in the U.S. Army as an ordnance officer, who died June 8, 2004, in Baquabah, Iraq. Read more about Capt. Khan.