A Dispatch from the AHA Book Exhibit


Well, this is not really a "dispatch" since I am now home from the AHA. The only session I attended was a Saturday morning panel sponsored by the Conference on Faith and History on John Somerville's book The Decline of the Secular University. The rest of the time was spent catching up with friends, attending receptions, and participating in meetings.

I did, however, get to spend a few hours in the book exhibit. Here, in no particular order, are a few new or forthcoming titles (most of them from 2007 or early 2008) on religion in America that caught me eye. Some of them have been discussed in previous blog posts.

First, I got to take a look at Paul Harvey's Freedom's Coming (North Carolina) in paperback and Randall Stephens' new book, The Fire Spreads: Holiness & Pentecostalism in the American South (Harvard). I also looked for John Turner's Bill Bright and Campus Crusade for Christ: The Renewal of Evangelicalism in Postwar America at the North Carolina. According to Amazon it is due out on March 6, 2008. And in the blatant self-promotion category, I was thrilled to see that the galleys of my own book, The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightnment were on display at the Penn table. It is due out at the end of February.

Drew Gilpin Faust, The Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Knopf)

George McKenna, The Puritan Origins of American Patriotism (Yale)

Edward Kaplan, Spiritual Radical: Abraham Joshua Heschel in America (Yale)

Thomas Kidd, The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America (Yale)

Jewel L. Spangler, Virginians Reborn: Anglican Monopoly, Evangelical Dissent, and the Rise of the Baptists in the Late Eighteenth Century (Virginia)

Martha Tomhave Blauvelt, The Work of the Heart: Young Women and Emotion, 1780-1830 (Virginia)

Aaron Fogleman, Jesus is Female: Moravians and Radical Religion in Early America (Penn)

Liam Riordan, The Revolution and its Legacy in the Mid-Atlantic (Penn)

Edward L. Blum, W.E.B. DuBois, American Prophet (Penn)

David K. Yoo and Ruth H. Chung, ed., Religion and Spirituality in Korean America (Illinois)

Nick Salvatore, ed., Faith and the Historian: Catholic Perspectives (Illinois)

Nancy Marie Robertson, Christian Sisterhood, Race Relations, and the YWCA, 1906-46 (Illinois)

James H. Huston, Church and State in Early America (Cambridge)

Michael P. Carroll, American Catholics in the Protestant Imagination (Johns Hopkins)

James O. Lehman and Steven M. Nolt, Mennonites, Amish, and the American Civil War (Johns Hopkins)

Wallace D. Best, Passionately Human, No Less Divine: Religion and Culture in Black Chicago, 1915-1952 (Princeton)

Kristin Schwain, Signs of Grace: Religion and American Art in the Gilded Age (Cornell)

Emily Clark, ed., Voices from an Early American Convent:Marie Madeleine Hachard and the New Orleans Ursulines, 1727-1760 (LSU)

James Hudnut-Beumler, In Pursuit of the Almighty's Dollar: A History of Money and American Protestantism (North Carolina)

Michael Lienesch, In the Beginning: Fundamentalism, the Scopes Trial, and the Making of the Antievolution Movement (North Carolina)

J.D. Bowers, Joseph Priestly and English Unitarianism in America (Penn State)

Richard Pointer, Encounters of the Spirit: Native Americans and European Colonial Religion (Indiana)

Ryan P. Jordan, Slavery and the Meetinghouse: The Quakers and the Abolitionist Dilemma, 1820-1865 (Indiana)

Thekla Ellen Joiner, Sin in the City: Chicago and Revivalism, 1880-1920 (Missouri)

Matthew T. Corrigan, Race, Religion, and Economic Change in the Republican South: A Study of a Southern City (Florida)

Matthew Avery Sutton, Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America (Harvard)


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