Synopses & Reviews
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 readers. This edition remains true to the literary grace of earlier editions as it expands its scope, increasing the emphasis on pluralism, religious practices, and spiritual seeking, as well as the direct connection of religion to social and political struggle. The authors have updated the structure of the text, replacing the five distinct ages of Gaustad's previous editions with a more explicit emphasis on specific historical markers, carrying the multifaceted story of religion in the United States into the twenty-first century.
Extensively illustrated, and with a new emphasis on African-American and Native American religious life, Eastern religions, and the recent boom in spirituality, this new edition of The Religious History of America is the master telling of the heart and soul of the American story.
“How wonderful that Gaustad will become the indispensable 21st century tool for the students of American religion.” Peter J. Gomes, author of The Good Life
“... more comprehensive, more illuminating, and more up-to-date in this new edition with Leigh E. Schmidt.” Mark A. Noll, Professor of History, Wheaton College
“A well-balanced enhancement of an excellent work...recommended.” Library Journal
“Stands among the very best of the American religious histories.” Dr. E. Brooks Holifield, Charles Howard Candler Professor, Emory University
“An immensely valuable resource ... adds texture and nuance to avery complicated story, making a classic textbook even better.” Gary Laderman, Associate Professor of American Religious History and Cultures, Emory University
“A comprehensive, graceful narrative that truly represents the pluralism, momentum, and vitality of American religious life.” Amanda Porterfield, Professor of History, University of Wyoming
This fully updated edition carries the multifaceted story of religion in America to the end of the 20th century. This is a new people's history of American religion, from the indigenous people of America to the first colonists, including the current upswell in spirituality. 200 photos.
About the Author
Edwin S. Gaustad is a professor of history at the University of California, Riverside. He is a noted church historian and the author of over a dozen books, including The Great Awakening in New England, Dissent in American Religion,
and A Religious History of America.
Leigh Eric Schmidt is professor of religion at Princeton University and the co-author with Edwin S. Gaustad of The Religious History of America. Widely published as a cultural historian, essayist, and reviewer, he has won book prizes from the American Studies Association, the American Society of Church History, and the American Academy of Religion.