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HIST 2827 Puritans, Papists and Fanatics: American Immigration and Religion (Spring: 4 )


Course Description

This course will consider the role of religious identity, practice, and belief in the history of immigration to America. We will discuss how religion encouraged certain migrants to settle in the American colonies; how fear and suspicion of the religious identities of later immigrant groups (such as Catholicism, Judaism, or Islam) made their entry and adaptation to the United States more difficult, even while these immigrants used religious institutions, networks, and belief systems as vehicles for adapting to and prospering in their new society. Further, we will examine the role of religious ideas in constructing laws governing immigration and citizenship.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Grainne McEvoy

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13