The Contested History of an American Ideal
By Tisa Wenger
312 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes, bibl., index, no illus
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3462-3
Published: October 2017
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3463-0
Published: August 2017
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6160-5
Published: August 2020
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More often than not, Wenger demonstrates, religious freedom talk worked to privilege the dominant white Christian population. At the same time, a diverse array of minority groups at home and colonized people abroad invoked and reinterpreted this ideal to defend themselves and their ways of life. In so doing they posed sharp challenges to the racial and religious exclusions of American life. People of almost every religious stripe have argued, debated, negotiated, and brought into being an ideal called American religious freedom, subtly transforming their own identities and traditions in the process. In a post-9/11 world, Wenger reflects, public attention to religious freedom and its implications is as consequential as it has ever been.
About the Author
Tisa Wenger, associate professor of American religious history at Yale University, is the author of We Have a Religion: The 1920s Pueblo Indian Dance Controversy and American Religious Freedom.
For more information about Tisa Wenger, visit the Author Page.
Multimedia & Links
Listen: Interview with Wenger about the book on the BYU Maxwell Institute Podcast (04/16/2019, running time 59:36)