Activism and Christianity in Modern America

POLSCI 244S

An exploration of the relation of Christian belief and practices with agitation for social change, with a focus on the United States from the colonial period to the present. Attention given to how identity, power, and suffering shape historical judgments about the intersection of religion and ethics. Close readings of primary sources drawn from autobiographies, letters, sermons, poems, and treatises. Figures may include John Wesley, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Pauli Murray, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Daniel Berrigan.

Crosslisting Numbers: 

ETHICS 238S
RELIGION 238S

Curriculum Codes: 

ALP, CCI, CZ, EI, W