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Announcement: Kelly Baker on MSNBC

Former blogmeister, Kelly J. Baker, will be on MSNBC today (August 13) at 3 PM (now!) to talk about hate crimes and modern KKK. Scholars of American Religion have much to say in this moment (and, of course, many of us have been talking about these issues in the classroom and on our campuses for some time). Show More Summary

A Death, a Body, and the Living Word

Adam Park Jonathan Glover, circa 1948. A foundational member of the Assemblies of God community died this Saturday. I knew him. From the United States to Sierra Leone, in fact, lots of people knew him. And for them that did, we knewShow More Summary

The Fence: Mainline Protestants and Immigration Sixty Years Ago

Today's guest post comes from Nicholas T. Pruitt, a Visiting Instructor in History at Eastern Nazarene College. Pruitt recently completed a dissertation titled "Open Hearts, Closed Doors: Native Protestants, Pluralism, and the 'Foreigner' in America, 1924-1965."Before there was talk of a wall, there was The Fence. Show More Summary

Thinking Seriously about “Taking Seriously”

Today's guest post comes from Haley Iliff, an MA student in the American Religious History program at Florida State. She is currently researching nineteenth-century women in the American west and their popular religious literature.Haley...Show More Summary

Historiographic Saints

Isaac Hecker, circa 1890 In the spirit of RiAH's 10 year anniversary, we welcome a guest post from historian William Cossen. You can follow him at and on Twitter @WilliamCossen. What do historians of Catholicism...Show More Summary

RiAH @ 10: Celebrating Community

Monica L. Mercado Finding community (at the Catholic Summer School of America, 1897). Where has the time gone? As July comes to an end, I've been catching up on the many tributes to our humble blog and blogmeister(s) during this tenth...Show More Summary

RiAH @ 10: Untied

Today's guest post comes from someone who probably needs no introduction to readers. Kathryn Lofton wears many hats at Yale University (including Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, and History, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, and Deputy Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development). Show More Summary

Roundtable Interview on Mirror on the Veil: A Collection of Personal Essays on Hijab and Veiling

Lauren Turek Let me add my voice to the chorus of congratulations to the blog on its 10 year anniversary. I have learned so much from reading everyone's contributions and it was very meaningful for me when Cara asked me to begin contributing about three years ago. Show More Summary

RiAH @ 10: Public Scholarship & Liberation

Today's guest post comes from former Blogmeister Kelly Baker. Soon after Paul began the Religion in American History blog, Kelly became co-editor alongside him. As she describes below, her posts were varied in their topics, but each helped to expand and solidify an American Religion digital community. Show More Summary

A Decade with Religion in American History

Emily Suzanne Clark As other posts this month have noted, this is the 10th birthday for the Religion in American History blog and here's another post on that topic. I didn't start reading the blog until it was in year three when I was a first-year Ph.D. Show More Summary

Thanks, RiAH: A Brief Personal Reflection

Charles McCraryI have appreciated the reflections on and odes to Religion in American History posted this month. It’s been edifying to read of the blog’s role in the lives of many of my colleagues and friends and to consider its place in our field. Show More Summary

Thank You for Being a Friend: RiAH, Liberal Protestants, and an Apology

Mark EdwardsIt was nearly five and a half years ago that I got an email from Darren Dochuk inviting me to review a book for Paul Harvey's Religion in American History blog. My first thought was, "what's a blog?" Second thought: "Who's...Show More Summary

Know Your Archives: Presbyterian Historical Society

Andrea L. TurpinHappy 10th birthday, RiAH! One of the things I have most appreciated about this blog is its breadth. In the words of John Fea, paying tribute to blog founder Paul Harvey, RiAH combines “opinion, news from the profession,...Show More Summary

Thomas Jefferson, Slavery, and Religion: Rethinking an American Icon

The Cushwa Center would like to introduce one of its new postdoctoral research associates, who will be overseeing the center's monthly blogging at RIAH. Benjamin J. Wetzel specializes in American religious, political, and intellectual history in the period from 1860 to 1920. Show More Summary

RiAH at 10: On The Importance Of Book Links

Paul Putz Paul Harvey signing books for one of the members of his fan club All this #10thAnniversay stuff has made me sentimental, so I went back and looked at my first RiAH blog post. It was posted in May 2013, and it involved a discussion of Kanye West, Jesus, and Paul Harvey's and Ed Blum's book The Color of Christ. Show More Summary

RiAH at 10: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Badges!

Elesha CoffmanI like academic conferences. Always have. Way back when I was the editor of Christian History magazine, I attended a Conference on Faith and History meeting in San Diego and then the American Society of Church History winter meeting in San Francisco, searching for new story ideas and potential authors. Show More Summary

RIAH @ 10: Wooooo!

Michael J. AltmanI wrote Paul an email saying something to the effect of:“Hi, I’m Mike. Your blog ignores Asia. I can write about Asia.”I still can’t believe Paul let me on this blog. The idea that you’d just give me the ability to post something without anyone reading it or editing it is insane. Show More Summary

Thoughts on Being "Laverne and Shirley" to Paul Harvey's "Happy Days"

John Fea Paul Harvey is Cheers, I am Frasier. Harvey is Dallas, I am Knots Landing. Harvey is The Mary Tyler Moore Show, I am Rhoda (or maybe Lou Grant).Hopefully you are picking up the theme. My blog "The Way of Improvement Leads Home"...Show More Summary

Religion in American History: A Short Syllabus

Editor's Note: As Jonathan and Chris have recently pointed out, July 2017 marks the beginning of Religion in American History's tenth year. Happy birthday to us! Throughout the month we'll be celebrating and reflecting upon the contributions...Show More Summary

RiAH at 10: An Appreciation

By Chris CantwellThe thing I remember most about the summer of 2007 was feeling lonely. Having passed my comprehensive exams at Cornell University in upstate New York the prior summer, my partner and I had recently made the decision to relocate to Chicago so I could conduct my dissertation research. Show More Summary

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