The origins of american religious nationalism sam haselby religion in america argues that the us colonization of north america not the american revolution is perhaps the formative event in the history of american political culture offers a new model for understanding a crucial moment in the history of american nationality and the birth of . Right after i agreed to review sam haselbys the origins of american religious nationalism for the journal of religion gordon woods review of it appeared in the new york review of bookswhen one of our number gets that kind of exposure with their first book we should all applaud but there i was feeling out classed before i even opened the book. In the half century following independence a fight within protestantism a contest over the colonization of the frontier reshaped american nationalism in ways that transformed american political culture fear of the dynamism and authority of popular frontier religious movements led elite northeastern protestants to found the first missionary organizations in american history. The war of independence sam haselby explains in the origins of american religious nationalism posed rather than answered the question of american nationality 1the solution according to haselby came through colonization and the cultural politics that were associated with settlement on the early frontier. Sam haselby offers a new and persuasive account of the role of religion in the formation of american nationality showing how a contest within protestantism reshaped american political culture and led to the creation of an enduring religious nationalism following us independence the new republic
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