Religious Intolerance in America, Second Edition

A Documentary History

Second Edition, Revised and Expanded

Edited by John Corrigan, Lynn S. Neal

360 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 19 halftones, appends., notes, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5562-8
    Published: February 2020
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-5561-1
    Published: February 2020
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-5563-5
    Published: November 2019

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The story of religion in America is one of unparalleled diversity and protection of the religious rights of individuals. But that story is a muddied one. This new and expanded edition of a classroom favorite tells a jolting history—illuminated by historical texts, pictures, songs, cartoons, letters, and even t-shirts—of how our society has been and continues to be replete with religious intolerance. It powerfully reveals the narrow gap between intolerance and violence in America. The second edition contains a new chapter on Islamophobia and adds fresh material on the Christian persecution complex, white supremacy and other race-related issues, sexuality, and the role played by social media.

John Corrigan and Lynn S. Neal’s overarching narrative weaves together a rich, compelling array of textual and visual materials. Arranged thematically, each chapter provides a broad historical background, and each document or cluster of related documents is entwined in context as a discussion of the issues unfolds. The need for this book has only increased in the midst of today’s raging conflicts about immigration, terrorism, race, religious freedom, and patriotism.

About the Authors

John Corrigan is Lucius Moody Bristol Distinguished Professor at Florida State University.
For more information about John Corrigan, visit the Author Page.

Lynn S. Neal is professor of religious studies at Wake Forest University.
For more information about Lynn S. Neal, visit the Author Page.


“Striking and memorable. . . . Corrigan and Neal are to be commended for providing such a remarkable new edition of this volume at a critical point in American history.”—Reading Religion

“Vibrantly illustrates the sometimes conspicuous, but more often insidious ways, in which religious intolerance has shaped American life. . . . A unique and essential volume.”—Journal of Southern Religion

"A welcome corrective to traditional tales of religious accommodation."—Choice

“When we describe our country as welcoming to all peoples and religions, we downplay the history and reality of intolerance. This volume makes a significant contribution through the juxtaposition of the mythic aspects of American history—its virtues and the notion of 'American exceptionalism'—against the everyday realities of religious intolerance. The editors' nuanced presentation of this paradox is fresh and creative, and will touch chords in readers' experiences.—Wade Clark Roof, author of Spiritual Marketplace