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The Struggle for Religious Freedom in America, A.J. Scopino & Jr.

1 The Struggle for Religious Freedom in America
A.J. Scopino & Jr.
64 pages, 5.5 x 4, paperback / softcover, History Compass
This collection of documents introduces the reader to efforts of Americans over the past 350 years to practice and observe their religious beliefs -- along with the writings of those who would deny them those rights. Included are excerpts regarding Roger Williams, the Jews who found safe haven in Rhode Island, the Quakers, Native Americans, Jehovah's Witnesses, our first Catholic president, Black Muslims, and more. Key court cases are also documented. The excerpts cover the years from 1640 to 1992.

The popular Perspectives on History series contains compelling firsthand accounts from colonists to astronauts and is widely used as supplemental material in the study of history and literature in grades 6- College Level. Use of primary sources through excerpts from journals
Price: 7.95 USD



2 The Missouri Harmony: or a Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, and Anthems
Allen D. Carden Introduction by Shirley Bean
240 pages, paperback, University of Nebraska Press
The Missouri Harmony was the most popular of all frontier tunebooks, with a history going back to 1820, when singing master Allen Carden introduced it into his St. Louis school. The 185 selections in The Missouri Harmony, compiled from earlier tunebooks, were old favorites used in churches and singing schools which sometimes convened in taverns. Abraham Lincoln and his sweetheart, Ann Rutledge, are said to have sung from The Missouri Harmony at her father's tavern in New Salem, Illinois. Shirley Bean points out in her introduction the importance of tunebooks and frontier singing schools in teaching Americans to read music. The Missouri Harmony, continuing the European tradition of shaped notes, contained the largest collection of compositions for congregations and choirs. Carden included thirty-seven fuguing tunes, among them "Lenox" and "Sherburne." The Supplement, added in the seventh edition in 1835, contains twenty-three hymn tunes, four choral numbers, a sacred song, and a duet; Isaac Watts was the author of most of the texts. This Bison Book edition duplicates the 1846 reprint of the popular ninth edition, which first came out in 1840. Shirley Bean's introduction provides a historical framework that will be welcomed not only by scholars but also by the modern shape-note singing community. Dr. Bean is an assistant professor at the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri--Kansas City.
Price: 12.00 USD



3 Necessary Virtue: The Pragmatic Origins of Religious Liberty in New England
Charles P. Hanson
288 pages, 6 x 9, cloth, University of Virginia Press
Virulent anti-Catholicism was a hallmark of New England society from the first Puritan settlements to the eve of the American Revolution and beyond. Thus America's tactical decision during the Revolution to form alliances with Catholics in Canada and France ignited an awkward debate. The paradox arising out of this partnership has been left virtually unexamined by previous historians of the Revolution.
In Necessary Virtue Charles P. Hanson explores the disruptive effects of the American Revolution on the religious culture of New England Protestantism. He examines the efforts of New Englanders to make sense of their own shifting ideas of Catholicism and anti-Catholicism and traces the "necessary virtue" of religious toleration to its origins in pragmatic cultural politics. To some patriots, abandoning traditional anti-Catholicism meant shedding an obsolete relic of the intolerant colonial past; others saw it as a temporary concession to be reversed as soon as possible. Their Tory opponents meanwhile assailed them all as hypocrites for making common cause with the "papists" they had so recently despised. What began as a Protestant crusade succeeded only with Catholic help and later culminated in the First Amendment's formal separation of church and state. The Catholic contribution to American independence was thus controversial from the start.
In this felicitously written and informative book, Hanson raises questions about difference, tolerance, and the role of religious belief in politics and government that help us see the American Revolution in a new light. Necessary Virtue is timely in pointing to the historical contingency and, perhaps, the fragility of the church-state separation that is very much a poltical and legal issue today.

About Author
Charles P. Hanson is Assistant Professor of History at Collegio dell'Adriatico in Trieste, Italy.

"Necessary Virtue has implications for many areas of research in Revolutionary politics and religion. Hanson has found some remarkable sources, ranging from Revolutionary soldiers' diaries to Quebecois episcopal visitation records to reconstruct a wonderfully polyvalent acount of how such historic enemies came to humanize one another through common cause and common experience." --Stephen A. Marini, Wellesley College
Price: 12.96 USD

List of Emigrant Ministers to America 1690-1811, Gerald Fothergill

4 List of Emigrant Ministers to America 1690-1811
Gerald Fothergill
(1904), 2002, 5˝x8˝, paper, 65 pp, paperback, Heritage Books
This work represents a list of approximately 1,200 prelates and teachers on whose behalf a warrant was issued between the years of 1690-1811. When King William came to power in the late 1600s he initiated a policy paying a bounty of Ł20 to every Minister and Schoolmaster of the Church of England who was authorized to serve in the British colonies in the Americas. Fothergill has compiled this list from a class of records housed at the Public Records Office known as Money Books, King’s Warrant Books, Treasury Papers, and Exchequer of Receipt Papers. Of these entries, arranged alphabetically, the number of ministers far out number the schoolmasters. Each entry consists of the colony of destination, date of emigration, and the source. Additional information is provided, if known, and includes: date of birth, name of parents, date of death, and school presided over. It is interesting to note that quite a few of the qualifying ministers were actually born in the colonies. This work will prove to be an interesting addition to anyone wanting to learn more about the ways ministries came to the Americas.
Price: 17.00 USD



5 Places of Worship: Exploring Their History
James P. Wind, (Alban Institute)
145 pages, paperback, AltaMira Press
Whether Christian churches, Jewish synagogues, Islamic mosques, Buddhist temples, or the gathering places for other faiths, buildings designed for worship are significant to both their own community of believers and their larger communities. Coming to understand the history of places of worship, therefore, is an essential element in understanding the historical fabric of these communities.
Places of Worship offers the abundant insights of an experienced historian of American religion. Using illustrations from a wide diversity of congregations, Wind suggests ways in which answers may be sought. In two enlightening appendices, he also provides guidance to important published works on American religion and a directory of denominational archives and historical agencies. But perhaps his greatest contribution is to emphasize the necessity of viewing any religious community as a dynamic, evolving social organism. The author not only offers a comprehensive rationale for including political and secular influences from each era covered by the religious group's history, he also explains to the reader the most effective use of these resources. Because of its fresh perspective, this volume will prove invaluable to anyone exploring the history of American places of worship.
Places of Worship is Volume 4 in The Nearby History Series.

About Author
James P. Wind is Director of the Alban Institute.
Price: 24.95 USD


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