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The Routledge Historical Atlas of Religion in America (Routledge Atlases of American History) [Paperback]

By Brett Carroll (Author)
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Depicts the main characteristics of religion in the United States, including Native American beliefs, the introduction and spread of Christianity, and the growth of other new and more recently imported faiths.

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Using full color maps and illustrations, "The Routledge Historical Atlas of American Religion" examines the changing peoples and creeds that have greatly affected the course of American life. Starting with the religions of Native Americans and moving from the Puritanism of the early English settlers to the Catholicism of immigrants of the 19th and 20th centuries, and the Southern Baptism of African Americans during Reconstruction to the more contemporary phenomena of Scientology and the Unification Church, this atlas presents the expansive history and geography of religion in America in vibrant, visual detail. Also inlcludes 50 color maps.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Routledge Historical Atlas of Religion in America (Routledge Atlases of American History) by Brett Carroll has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Choice - 10/01/2001 page 284
  • American Reference Bks Annual - 01/01/2001 page 581
  • Rec Ref Bks for Small/Med Libr - 01/01/2001 page 216

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Routledge
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.9" Width: 6.9" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 28, 2000
Publisher   Routledge
ISBN  0415921376  
ISBN13  9780415921374  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bret Carroll is the author of Spiritualism in Antebellum America. He is Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Stanislaus.

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1Books > Subjects > History
2Books > Subjects > Reference > Atlases & Maps > Atlases
3Books > Subjects > Reference > Atlases & Maps > Historical
4Books > Subjects > Reference > General
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > History

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Very Comprehensive  Jul 1, 2002
This atlas is very comprehensive and contains colour maps showing the religious composition of the various regions of the United States from the pre-colonial days down to the present.

The atlas is also very useful for those who are interested in the emigration of the various ethnic groups to America as religious affiliation is closely tied to ethnicity and country/area of origin (especially in the colonial period to the 1800s).

It can be observed from these maps that different ethnic groups arrived during different periods and that their settlement were concentrated in specific regions.

For the period before independence (ie. 1776), there are maps showing the emigration of the Puritans/Congregationalists from the counties of Eastern England to New England, the Anglicans to Virginia and other Southern states along the Atlantic coast, Northern English and Welsh Quakers to Pennsylvania, Scotch-Irish Presbyterians to the Middles colonies and thereafter, onwards to the backcountry. There were also the Dutch Reformed (and some French Huguenot) in New York who settled there when that state belonged to Holland, and the Lutherans, Reformed and Mennonites who emigrated from Germany to the Middle colonies. Meanwhile, Louisiana was mainly Catholic due to French and some Spanish settlers.

A phenomenon which I found interesting was the transformation of denominational affiliation in the Southern states from Anglicanism and Presbyterianism to Baptist (and Methodist)and later, the emergence of Unitarians and Universalist among the Yankees in New England. All these showed regional trends.

This religious affiliation can be traced as migrants moved Westwards from the original colonies. Hence, the Yankees brought with them Congregationalism to the Midwest whilst Texas, Arkansas etc. had large Baptist and Methodist groups due to settlers from other Southern states.

In the 1800s, one can see how America was transformed from an almost exclusively Protestant Anglo-Saxon/Western European civilisation with the immigration of Catholics from Ireland, Germany and continental Europe. Orthodox imigrants form Eastern Europe in the late 1800s to early 1900s added even greater to the diversity.

And of course, in the late 20th century, America became a microcosm of the world with immigrants from Asia, Africa etc. [with large numbers of Buddhists (of various sects), Hindus, Bahais, Sikhs and Muslims (who enjoyed a phenomenal growth in part due to the large-scale conversions among African-Americans)].

This atlas also has maps showing the religious transformation in the African-American community i.e. from having their own Methodist and Baptist denominations to the formation of Black Hebrew organisations and the Nation of Islam and quasi-Muslim sects (such as Moorish Science).

The last few maps showed that despite the change in ethnic composition over the years, the various regions are still unique in their concentration of various denominations.

Provides a focus on the history and geographic development  Apr 29, 2001
Brett Carroll's Historical Atlas of Religion in America provides a focus on the history and geographic development of American religions, providing maps and visual details to bring alive the connections between American political and religious history. From parts played by religious groups of Europe to the development of sects in the country, this provided a well-rounded survey.

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