Saturday, April 5, 2014

New Course: History of American Evangelicalism

This Fall I will be teaching a course on the History of American Evangelicalism.  This is my first attempt at teaching a course of this nature and I am in the process of choosing my textbooks.  I know a lot of the readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home are very familiar with the historiography of American evangelicalism so I am turning to you for some book suggestions.  I am particularly interested in history (as opposed to theology or political science or sociology) books about evangelicalism and I would also like books that translate well to an undergraduate audience.  I am also open to novels about American evangelicalism.

Here are a few books that I am seriously considering:

Harry Stout, The Divine Dramatist: George Whitefield and the Rise of Modern Evangelicalism
Catherine Brekus, Sarah Osborn's World: The Rise of Evangelical Christianity in Early America
Nathan Hatch, The Democratization of American Christianity
Molly Worthen, Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism
David Swartz, Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism

I am looking for something good on African-American evangelicalism (in any period).  I have a few things in mind, but I am not sure how accessible they will be to an undergraduate audience.

I am open to any and all suggestions.  Thanks!