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Paul Harvey
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, CO 80918-3733)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2008 – 9/30/2008

Religion, Race, and American Ideas of Freedom

RELIGION, RACE, AND AMERICAN IDEAS OF FREEDOM explores the long and complex relationship between the struggle for human and civil rights in American history, the legacy of race and racism, and the complicated role of religious institutions and individuals in this story. By demanding rights of religious expression, creating independent religious institutions, and nurturing religious communities, historically subjugated groups have redefined American freedom and citizenship. American practices of religious freedom often have been formulated from within ethno-religious communities, through struggles defined by the participants as deeply spiritual ones. By putting religious thought and practice at the center of the narrative, and covering a broad expanse of time and a wide array of peoples socially ranked by class and racial tags, this work retells the story of American freedom.