Thoughts on the State of our Disunion

Today, we can speak casually of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. Many of us are not required to think about, really think about, the effects of three hundred-plus years of “writing on backs” that lead to the movement. We are removed from the economic realities and social injustices that lit the fire for that movement. Anyone who has not had to come to terms with the persistence of that writing on the backs is not likely to feel the sense of urgency that racism in this country ought to stir in all of us.

Nat Turner: Black Moses of America

Marlee Schwalm (Elizabethtown College '18) studies Nat Turner's 19th century realization of the Moses tradition as recorded in Thomas Gray's Confessions. This is the first issue in our second volume on the Bible and Race in the USA. You can see the first volume here. Nat Turner was born a slave in Virginia in 1800. Nat … Continue reading Nat Turner: Black Moses of America

The Pledge of Allegiance and Native Americans

Maya Aphornsuvan looks at the contestation over American patriotism in light of settler-colonial and Cold War history. Israel Dominguez offers a response. This is the second post in our series on indigeneity and part of a conversation on "The Bible and Race in the USA." "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to … Continue reading The Pledge of Allegiance and Native Americans

Star Wars as American Religion

If one’s working definition of “religion” is more capacious than “beliefs in supernatural powers,” if the purpose of the course is to view American history and culture through the lens of “religion” – as a category of analysis, rather than a found thing – then new possibilities emerge.