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Religious pluralism in America : the contentious history of a founding ideal

Religious pluralism in America : the contentious history of a founding ideal

Author: William R Hutchison
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"In this reappraisal of American religious history, William Hutchison chronicles the country's struggle to fulfill the promise of its founding ideals. In 1800 the United States was an overwhelmingly Protestant nation. Over the next two centuries, Catholics, Mormons, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and others emerged to challenge the Protestant mainstream. Although their demands were often met with resistance, Hutchison  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William R Hutchison
ISBN: 0300098138 9780300098136 0300105169 9780300105162
OCLC Number: 50913444
Description: xi, 276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : religious pluralism as a work in progress --
Here are no disputes : reputation and realities in the new republic --
Just behave yourself : pluralism as selective tolerance --
Marching to Zion : the Protestant establishment as a unifying force --
Repentance for our social sins : adjustments within the establishment --
In (partway) from the margins : pluralism as inclusion --
Surviving a while longer : the establishment under stress in the early twentieth century --
Don't change your name : early assaults on the melting pot ideal --
Protestant-Catholic-Jew : new mainstream, gropings toward a new pluralism --
Whose America is it anyway? : the sixties and after.
Responsibility: William R. Hutchison.


Religious toleration is enshrined as an ideal in the Constitution, but religious diversity has had a complicated history in the United States. In this reappraisal of American religious history,  Read more...


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