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REL 301.03C/CV (Cumming): Is America a Christian Nation?

Library resources to help you with your research essay.


Research Essay—Each student will write a research essay of 2,000-2,500 words based on one of these four essay prompts:

1. Was Christianity united in 18th century America? If so, around what principles? If not, why not?
2. Was Thomas Jefferson a Christian? Why or why not?
3. Should early America have adopted an established (i.e. state sponsored) religion? If so, which religion? If not, why not?
4. What was the relationship between Christianity and slavery in post-Revolution, pre-Civil War America?

E-books for background information

Finding Articles

To find journal articles, try using the ATLA Religion database, which covers Religion journals, or Academic Search Complete, which covers interdisciplinary journals.

Be sure to limit your results so that only articles from peer-reviewed (scholarly) journals appear. You can do this on EBSCOhost via the search page: