Religious Intolerance in America
A Documentary History
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
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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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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...
ONE: Religious Intolerance in Colonial America
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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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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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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...
FOUR: Intolerance toward Nineteenth-Century Religious Groups
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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...
FIVE: Intolerance toward Native American Religions
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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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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...
SEVEN: Intolerance toward “New” Religions in the Twentieth Century
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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....
EIGHT: The Branch Davidians and Waco: The Culmination of Religious Intolerance
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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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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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Page Count: 304
Illustrations: 2 line drawings, 1 map
Publication Year: 2010