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The production of American religious freedom

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  • OCLC: ocn952108500
  • ISBN: 9781479882113
  • ISBN: 1479823732
  • ISBN: 9781479823734
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource.
  • Published: New York :NYU Press,[2016]
  • Publisher: New York : NYU Press, [2016]

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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: You, and you, and you: Charles Grandison Finney and democracy -- I'm not myself to-night. I owe money: Louisa May Alcott and salvation -- Sentiment rules the world: William Jennings Bryan and populism -- The helpless white minority: D.W. Griffith and violence -- The fundamental faith of every true American: Al Smith and loyalty -- Do you hate me? Malcolm X and the truth -- Science in a little box: intelligent design and secularity -- The most sacred of all property: corporations and persons -- You, and you, and you.
Summary: Americans love religious freedom. Few agree, however, about what they mean by either 'religion' or 'freedom'. Rather than resolve these debates, Finbarr Curtis argues that there is no such thing as religious freedom. Lacking any consistent content, religious freedom is a shifting and malleable rhetoric employed for a variety of purposes. While Americans often think of freedom as the right to be left alone, the free exercise of religion works to produce, challenge, distribute, and regulate different forms of social power. The book traces shifts in the notion of religious freedom in America from the Second Great Awakening, to the fiction of Louisa May Alcott and the films of D.W. Griffith, through William Jennings Bryan and the Scopes Trial, and up to debates over the Tea Party to illuminate how Protestants have imagined individual and national forms of identity.
Subject: Branding (Marketing) -- United States
Religion and sociology -- United States
United States -- Church history
Freedom of religion -- United States

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