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Religious Intolerance, America, and the World

A History of Forgetting and Remembering

John Corrigan

Religious Intolerance, America, and the World

John Corrigan

304 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2020
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780226313931 Will Publish March 2020
E-book $45.00 ISBN: 9780226314099 Will Publish March 2020
As the news shows us every day, contemporary American culture and politics are rife with people who demonize others by projecting their own failings and flaws onto their enemies. But this is no recent development. Rather, as John Corrigan argues here, it’s an expression of a trauma endemic to America’s history, particularly involving our long domestic record of religious conflict and violence.

​Religious Intolerance, America, and the World spans from Christian colonists’ intolerance of Native Americans and the role of religion in the new republic’s foreign-policy crises to Cold War witch hunts and the persecution complexes that entangle Christians and Muslims today. Corrigan reveals how US churches and institutions have continuously campaigned against intolerance overseas even as they’ve abetted or performed it at home. This selective condemnation of intolerance, he shows, created a legacy of foreign-policy interventions promoting religious freedom and human rights that was not reflected within America’s own borders. This timely, captivating book forces America to confront its claims of exceptionalism based on religious liberty—and perhaps begin to break the grotesque cycle of projection and oppression.
Contents
Introduction. Religious Intolerance, Trauma, and the International
Concord and Contention
Trauma
Identity and International Relations
International Relations and American Religious History

Chapter One. Proscribing Amalekites: Violence, Remembering, and Forgetting in Early America
Colonists, Indians, and War
Memory and Intolerance
Trauma and Identity
The Amalekites of the Old Testament
Amalek in America
Amalek and the War against Native Americans
Blotting Out, Remembering, and Forgetting
Catholics and Mormons as Amalekites
The Instability of Identity

Chapter Two. Projections: Antebellum Americans and the Overseas Crisis
Triumph of Religious Liberty
Sectarian Secrecy
Conspiracies in Boston and Philadelphia
Intolerance in Foreign Lands
The Problem Overseas
Fear of Global Catholicism
The Aftermaths of Boston and Philadelphia
Making Foreign Policy
Toward a New Era
Intervention

Chapter Three. Protections: The Nineteenth Century Turns—to the South
The Foreign Spaces of Americans
Foreign Time and the Puritan Specter
Forays into Internationalism
Rescuing the Twin
Civil and Religious Liberty in South America
U.S. Policy in South America
Wilsonianism
The New Danger

Chapter Four. Pursuits: The Cold War and the Hunt for Intolerance
A World of Protestants
Anti-Communism
Intolerance
Communists and Cults
Anti-Catholicism
African American Churches
Human Rights and Religious Persecution
Religious Freedom Legislation

Chapter Five. Persecutions: The Importation of Intolerance in the Twenty-First Century
White American Christians
Identifying with the Persecuted
Stages of Persecution
Religious Intolerance and Post-Christian America
Acknowledgments
Notes

Index
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