Religion in the Colonial World: Fall Issue of History Now Is Available

New York, NY (September 30, 2011)History Now discusses a wide scope of religious influences during the founding of America in its twenty-ninth issue, “Religion in the Colonial World.” This edition of History Now traces back to the Puritan colonists of New England, continues through to the early Jewish Settlers of North America and the Quakers of Pennsylvania, and concludes by shedding light into the religious beliefs of Thomas Jefferson, one of America’s founders.

The latest installment of History Now features essays by leading historians Francis J. Bremer, Eli Faber, Barry Levy, and Peter S. Onuf. Throughout, these scholars help to illustrate the origins of religious and multicultural influence in the United States, the challenges faced by immigrants throughout our nation’s past, and the vast relevance of these issues still today.

 “From the Teacher’s Desk,” an exciting component of History Now, helps to integrate these articles into useful classroom tools by providing lesson plans and advice for educators. This issue also supplies teachers with dynamic features that can be shared with students, including interactive maps and podcasts.


Edited by celebrated historian Carol Berkin, History Now is an indispensable online journal for history teachers and students. Essays are accompanied by suggested print and online readings as well as links to primary resources from the Gilder Lehrman Collection and archives throughout the nation, presented by Mary-Jo Kline, History Now’s archivist.

Founded in 1994, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes the study and love of American history, by focusing on document-based history education and working through an array of national programs. The Institute seeks to instill in every individual an understanding of America’s past, and its value in today’s world and the future. To this end, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History releases History Now, its quarterly online journal for history teachers and students. In addition, Gilder Lehrman administers the State and National History Teacher of the Year Award; creates and works closely with history-focused schools; organizes summer seminars and development programs for teachers; produces print and digital publications and traveling exhibitions; hosts lectures by eminent historians; and offers national book prizes and fellowships for scholars to work in the Gilder Lehrman Collection as well as other renowned archives. Gilder Lehrman hosts www.gilderlehrman.org, serving as the gateway to American history online.

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