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Religious Intolerance in America

A Documentary History

Edited by John Corrigan and Lynn S. Neal

Publication Year: 2010

In the first ever documentary survey of religious intolerance from the colonial era to the present, volume editors John Corrigan and Lynn S. Neal define religious intolerance and explore its history and manifestations, including hate speech, discrimination, incarceration, expulsion, and violence. Organized thematically, the volume combines the editors' discussion with more than 150 striking primary texts and pictures that document intolerance toward a variety of religious traditions. Moving from anti-Catholic Ku Klux Klan propaganda to mob attacks on Mormons, the lynching of Leo Frank, the kidnapping of cult members, and many other episodes, the volume concludes with a chapter addressing the changing face of religious intolerance in the twenty-first century, with examples of how the problem continues to this day.In the first ever documentary survey of religious intolerance from the colonial era to the present, editors Corrigan and Neal define religious intolerance and explore its history and manifestations, including hate speech, discrimination, incarceration, expulsion, and violence. Organized thematically, the volume combines the editors' discussion with more than 150 primary texts and pictures that document intolerance toward a variety of religious traditions, from anti-Catholic Ku Klux Klan propaganda to mob attacks on Mormons, the lynching of Leo Frank, the kidnapping of cult members, and more.

Published by: The University of North Carolina Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

For a close critical reading of the manuscript and for many good suggestions I am grateful to my seminar students Cara Burnidge, Shawntel Ensminger, Daniel Dillard, Joshua Fleer, Jonathan Olson, Tammy Heiss, Adam Ware (who also logged images), Steve Adams, Barton Price, and Molly Reed...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-16

In March of 1942, the Jehovah’s Witnesses learned a difficult lesson in American history. Even though they were citizens with ties to Christianity, they were not welcome in the American religious landscape. In the midst of World War II, the Witnesses encountered hostility and suspicion...

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ONE: Religious Intolerance in Colonial America

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pp. 17-48

The Europeans who crossed the Atlantic and colonized the Americas, and who fashioned through their explorations and migrations an Atlantic World that interconnected Africa, the Americas, and Europe, were not tolerant. Much has been written, and much has been said in speeches and sermons, about how the earliest English settlers...

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TWO: Anti-Catholicism

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pp. 49-72

The roots of anti-Catholicism in America stretch back to late antique Europe. Religious movements born in Europe and the Mediterranean that challenged the authority of the Roman Catholic Church or its teachings were common in the first few centuries...

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THREE: Anti-Mormonism

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pp. 73-98

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (lds) have been known as Mormons since shortly after the publication of the Book of Mormon in 1830. The term “anti-Mormon” appeared at almost the same time, a sign of the conflict between Mormons and other Americans that has marked the history of Mormonism...

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FOUR: Intolerance toward Nineteenth-Century Religious Groups

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pp. 99-124

The early nineteenth century evidenced in its intellectual and religious life a broad familiarity with the Enlightenment emphasis on reason and freedom that had guided the nation’s founders and that had been shaping Protestantism in new ways since 1750...

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FIVE: Intolerance toward Native American Religions

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pp. 125-146

During the early modern Age of Discovery Europeans organized their thinking about indigenous peoples whom they encountered in the Americas and on other continents according to themes and categories drawn from their religious ideologies. The European experience...

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SIX: Anti-Semitism

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pp. 147-180

While New England and Pilgrims often dominate our vision of America’s settlement, if we shift our att ention to the south and focus on New Amsterdam instead of Plymouth Rock...

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SEVEN: Intolerance toward “New” Religions in the Twentieth Century

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pp. 181-214

Aft er encountering the Movementarians at the local airport, Homer Simpson and several other residents of Springfi eld want to learn more about this intriguing new religion. They file into the information session and sit down to watch an introductory film....

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EIGHT: The Branch Davidians and Waco: The Culmination of Religious Intolerance

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pp. 215-246

April 19, 1993, Mount Carmel, Texas. By late afternoon on this day, ten miles outside Waco, Texas, the standoff between the Branch Davidians and the federal government was over. After fifty-one days, the fbi, convinced that negotiations had reached an impasse, ended the siege...

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Conclusion

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pp. 247-266

In 2004, a group of German “patriots” initiated “Project Schoolyard,” a program designed to distribute music cds to school-age children. On the surface, the idea seems laudable — providing children with the gift of music. Th e problem, for the German government...

Appendix: Web Resources for Combating Religious Intolerance

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pp. 267-268

Notes

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pp. 269-276

Index

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pp. 277-290


E-ISBN-13: 9781469604091
E-ISBN-10: 1469604094
Print-ISBN-13: 9780807833896
Print-ISBN-10: 0807833894

Page Count: 304
Illustrations: 2 line drawings, 1 map
Publication Year: 2010