RELST 238 / WES 200: Schedule of Readings & Assignments

January 30: Introductions, expectations

Backgrounds & Beginnings

February 1: “Backgrounds and Beginnings”

READ: CORRIGAN / HUDSON, chapter 1

February 6: “England and America”

READ: CORRIGAN / HUDSON, chapter 2
Pivot Seminar (Religious Demographics in the Colonies)

February 8: Pivot Seminar (The “First” Great Awakening)

READ: CORRIGAN / HUDSON, chapter 3
PRIMARY document: Selected Sermons of George Whitefield

February 13: “The Early Republic”

READ: CORRIGAN / HUDSON, chapter 4 & chapter 5

February 15: Pivot Seminar (The Disestablishment of Christianity)

PRIMARY document: Va. Statute for Religious Freedom

February 20: “Protestant Expansion and Consolidation”

READ: CORRIGAN / HUDSON, chapter 6

February 22: Pivot Seminar (The “Second” Great Awakening)

PRIMARY document: Finney, “What a Revival of Religion Is

February 27: “The Broadening of Denominational Life”

READ: CORRIGAN / HUDSON, chapter 7
DUE (from student leading Feb. 29 seminar): Primary document/s

February 29: Pivot Seminar (The “Black Church”)

Primary document: Allen, Life, Experience, and Gospel Labors of… (excerpt)
DUE (before class): Pre-seminar query

The Years of Midpassage, 1865-1918

March 5: “Visions of Religious Community”

READ: CORRIGAN / HUDSON, chapter 8
DUE (from students leading March 7 seminars): Primary document/s

March 7: Pivot Seminar (Anti-Catholicism)

Primary document: Monk, The Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk (excerpt)
DUE (before class): Pre-seminar query/ies

March 12: “Post Civil-War America” / Pivot Seminar (The Rise of Sectarianism)

READ: CORRIGAN / HUDSON, chapter 9 and chapter 10
Primary document:
DUE (from students leading March 14 seminars): Primary document/s

March 14: Pivot Seminar (Americanism / Catholic Accommodations)

DUE (before class): Pre-seminar query/ies

March 19: NO CLASS (Spring Break)

March 21: NO CLASS (Spring Break)

Modern America

March 26: “The New Intellectual Climate”

READ: CORRIGAN / HUDSON, chapter 11
DUE (from student leading March 28 seminar): Primary document/s

March 28: Pivot Seminar (The Fundamentalists)

Primary document: Beach, “Decadence of Darwinism” (The Fundamentals, vol. 8)
DUE (before class)
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Pre-seminar query

April 2: “New Frontiers for the Churches”

READ: CORRIGAN / HUDSON, chapter 12
DUE (from student leading April 4 seminar): Primary document/s

April 4: Pivot Seminar (Changing Roles of Women)

Primary document: Newcomb, Newcomb’s Young Lady’s Guide…
DUE (before class)
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Pre-seminar query

April 9: “The Shifting Religious Configurations”

READ: CORRIGAN / HUDSON, chapter 13
DUE (from students leading April 11 seminars): Primary document/s

April 11: Pivot Seminar (African American Religious Diversity / Non-Protestant Diversity)

DUE (before class): Pre-seminar query/ies

April 16: “Protestantism’s Uneasy Journey to the Comfortable Fifties”

READ: CORRIGAN / HUDSON, chapter 14
DUE (from students leading April 18 seminars): Primary document/s

April 18: Pivot Seminar (“Malcolm & Martin” / Religious Revivalism)

DUE (before class): Pre-seminar query/ies

April 23: NO CLASS (Pesah)

April 25: “The Maturing of Roman Catholicism”

READ: CORRIGAN / HUDSON, chapter 15
DUE: Paper draft

April 30: “Old / New Centers”

READ: CORRIGAN / HUDSON, chapter 16
DUE (from students leading March 7 seminars): Primary document/s

May 2: Pivot Seminar (New Religious Movements /The “Christian Right”)

DUE (before class): Pre-seminar query/ies

May 7: Conclusions

May 14: DUE: Final Paper

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