300 Religion in Early America
Diversity & Freedom
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301 Early Diversity
302 New England
303 The Mid-Atlantic
304 The South
305 Beyond the Borders
Option 1. Complete all five modules and earn a certificate of completion.
Option 2. Complete all five modules and earn academic credit from one of our accredited partner universities.
This course series is based on the research of Dr. Peter Manseau as presented in the exhibit on religion in early American and the companion book, Objects of Devotion. His research emphasizes how religion can be understood through the objects, both rare and everyday, around which Americans of every generation have organized their communities and built this nation.
Students who successfully complete modules in this series will earn an official certification of completion from the public charity, The Foundation for Religious Literacy. The foundation was proud to support the Smithsonian’s exhibit on religion in early America and the forthcoming exhibit on religion and science.
Objects of Devotion: Religion in Early America, by Dr. Peter Manseau, tells the story of religion in the United States through the material culture of diverse spiritual pursuits in the nation’s colonial period and the early republic. The beautiful, full-color companion volume to a Smithsonian National Museum of American History exhibition, the book explores the wide range of religious traditions vying for adherents, acceptance, and a prominent place in the public square from the 1630s to the 1840s.