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Ethnography:
   Lives in Religion

EARLY AMERICAN RELIGION

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Under God's spell : frontier evangelists, 1772-1915 / Cathy Luchetti

277.55 LUCHETT 1989

Luchetti's collection of diary entries provides fascinating insights into 19th-century American frontier and small-town religious life. Varied in her choice of texts, Luchetti includes the writing of a Roman Catholic nun, an Episcopal bishop, and an ex-slave who suffered the horrors of involuntary family separation before becoming an African Methodist clergyman. Also included are a number of important accounts that illustrate the difficulties missionaries faced because they lacked understanding of Native American culture.

20th CENTURY RELIGION

Jesus and gin : evangelicalism, the Roaring Twenties and today's culture wars / Barry Hankins

973.9149 HANKINS 2010

As the Roaring Twenties came to a close, it appeared that faith-based fervor had given way to a modern age of liberal tolerance, But in fact, that decade was not the last gasp of nineteenth-century traditionalism. Rather, the religious surge of the twenties was a prologue to our own age, a time when religion plays a central role in culture, politics, media, social life, and even public scandal. This work is a look at the rise of evangelicalism in the Jazz Age, and how it set the stage for the pervasive influence of the modern religious right. The author takes the reader on a tour of the Roaring Twenties and the barn burning preachers who led the temperance movement, the Jazz Age equivalent to today's fundamentalist anti abortion crusaders. Along the way, we meet a host of colorful characters: a Baptist minister who commits adultery in the White House; media star preachers caught in massive scandals; a presidential election hinging on a religious issue; and fundamentalists and liberals slugging it out in the culture war of the day. The religious roar of that decade was a prologue to the last three decades.

CHRISTIANITY:

AMISH, HUTTERITE & MENNONITE

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A history of the Amish / Steven M. Nolt

289.73 NOLT 1992

 The Amish, one of America's most intriguing peoples, have survived for 300 years! While much has been written on the Amish recently, little has appeared about their history. This book brings together for the first time in one volume a thorough history of the Amish people. From their beginnings in Europe through their settlement in North America, the Amish have struggled to maintain their beliefs and traditions in often hostile settings

Hutterite diaries : wisdom from my prairie community / Linda Maendel

289.773 MAENDEL 2015

In Hutterite Diaries, Linda Maendel offers a rare glimpse into the daily routines and communal faith of her people, the Hutterian Brethren. From stories of working together to bring in the fall potato harvest to laugh-out-loud tales of sisterly love laced with revenge, Maendel invites readers into her Bruderhof, or colony, nestled on the prairie of western Canada. Here children and adults work, play, eat, and worship together, crafting a community of goods and living out an alternative to the individualism and consumerism of mainstream society. 

LATTER DAY SAINTS / MORMONS

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Handcarts to Zion, the story of a unique western migration, 1856-1860, with contemporary journals, accounts, reports; and rosters of members of the ten handcart companies / Le Roy Reuben Hafen

979.202 HAFEN 1960

It is unparalleled in history, the procession of Latter-Day Saints pushing handcarts from Iowa City and Florence (Omaha) to their promised Zion by the Great Salt Lake. Many of the three thousand hardy souls who trudged across thirteen hundred miles of prairie, desert, and mountain from 1856 to 1860 were European converts to the Mormon faith. Without funds for wagons and oxen, they carried their possessions in two-wheeled carts powered and aided by their own muscle and blood. Some of the weary travelers would finally be welcomed by their brethren in Salt Lake City; others would go to wayside graves or get caught in early winter storms in the Rockies and hope to be rescued by the parties sent out by Brigham Young. The migration is described in Handcarts to Zion, which draws on diaries and reports of the participants, rosters of the ten companies, and a collection of the songs sung on the trail and at "The Gathering."

The Mormon experience : a history of the Latter-Day Saints / Leonard J. Arrington

289.309 ARRINGT 1979

The Mormon Experience traces the rise and success of this extraordinary religious movement, from its origins to the present day. Beginning with the founder Joseph Smith to the persecution in the Midwest and the great trek to Utah where a new community was established. There they found new struggles with the mountains and deserts as well as the federal government and the issue of polygamy. Through it all, they made important contributions to the settlement of the American West

Under the banner of heaven : a story of violent faith / Jon Krakauer

289.33 KRAKAUE 2003

Jon Krakauer’s literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. He now shifts his focus from extremes of physical adventure to extremes of religious belief within our own borders, taking readers inside isolated American communities where some 40,000 Mormon Fundamentalists still practice polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God.

QUAKERS

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Mothers of feminism : the story of Quaker women in America / Margaret Hope Bacon

305.42 BACON 1986

Tracing the roots of feminism in the Quaker tradition from the Reformation to the present, this study explores the Quaker religious practices that shaped the spiritual and social structure of both the Society of Friends and the women's rights movement.

ISLAM

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Burqas, baseball, and apple pie : being Muslim in America / Ranya Idliby

297.09 IDLIBY 2014

For many Americans, the words 'American' and 'Muslim' simply do not marry well; for many the combination is an anathema, a contradiction in values, loyalties, and identities. This is the story of one American Muslim family--the story of how, through their lives, their schools, their friends, and their neighbors, they end up living the challenges, myths, fears, hopes, and dreams of all Americans. They are challenged both by Muslims who speak for them and by Americans who reject them. In this moving memoir, Idliby discusses not only coming to terms with what it means to be Muslim today but how to raise and teach her children about their heritage and religious legacy. She explores life as a Muslim in a world where hostility towards Muslims runs rampant, where there is an entire industry financed and supported by think tanks, authors, filmmakers, and individual vigilantes whose sole purpose is to vilify and spread fear about all things Muslim. Her story is quintessentially American, a story of the struggles of assimilation and acceptance in a climate of confusion and prejudice--a story for anyone who has experienced being an "outsider" inside your own home country"-- 

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