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HIST1302 Additional Reading Exercises

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1865-1900
The Closing of the Nineteenth Century
PART ONE:
The Close of the Nineteenth Century
1901-1920
The Progressive Era and World War One
PART TWO:
The Progressive Era and World War One
1921-1945
The Beginning of Modern America
PART THREE:
The Beginning of Modern America
1945-1981
Post-World War America
PART FOUR:
The Cold War Era
1981-2009
The Beginning of Modern America
PART FIVE:
Recent History


Section One: The Close of the Nineteenth Century (1865-1900)

Additional Reading Exercise 1 (ARE1)
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Background Information: Following the publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species (1859) and The Descent of Man (1871), people called "Freethinkers" began arguing that religions were anachronistic man-made inventions which had no place in modern society. In the United States the "Freethought" movement included luminaries such as orator Robert G. Ingersoll, inventor Thomas Edison, botanist Luther Burbank, civil rights advocate W.E.B. Dubois, trial lawyer Clarence Darrow, and women's rights activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Banding together in "Liberal Leagues," these self-identified "Infidels" also demanded stricter interpretation of the First Amendment's separation of church and state. Not surprisingly, religious leaders and organizations took the opposite view, particularly supporters of the so-called "Christian Amendment" movement, which sought to bring about a closer relationship between Christianity and the federal government. Simultaneously, many Protestant Christians joined with the anti-theists to oppose public funding for sectarian schools, particularly those operated by the Roman Catholic Church. All this activity raised serious questions about the meaning and extent of the First Amendment not only as regards the freedoms of religion, of speech and of the press but also what role government should or should not take in religious matters, questions which remain unsettled today.

The purpose of this assignment is to provide the student with an opportunity to learn about and explore these controversies, to analyze them, to form opinions about them, and to recognize their relevance in the social discourse of not only the late nineteenth century but also the present day.

  • Catholic World "The School Question" (April 1870)

  • Charles Darwin The Descent of Man (1871)
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  • Proceedings of the National Convention to Secure the Religious Amendment of the Constitution of the United States (1873)
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  • President Ulysses S. Grant's Seventh Annual Message to Congress (December 7, 1875)

  • The Pew Research Foundation "The Blaine Game: Controversy Over the Blaine Amendments and Public Funding of Religion" (2008 in reference to 1875)

  • Equal Rights in Religion: Report of the Centennial Congress of Liberals (1876)
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  • Robert Patterson Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith (1876)
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  • The Index (November 20, 1877)

  • Rev. Henry Ward Beecher Evolution and Religion: Eight Sermons (1885)
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  • The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin (1887)
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  • Robert Green Ingersoll "Why am I an Agnostic?" (National Review, December 1, 1889)

  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton The Woman's Bible (1898)

  • Robert Green Ingersoll Trial of C.B. Reynolds for Blasphemy (1899)

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Section Two: The Progressive Era (1901-1920)

Additional Reading Exercise 2 (ARE2)
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Section Three: The Beginning of Modern America (1921-1945)

Additional Reading Exercise 3 (ARE3)
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Section Four: The Cold War Era from Truman to Reagan (1945-1981)

Additional Reading Exercise 4 (ARE4)
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Section One: From Reagan to Obama (1981-2009)

READING for HIST1302, Part Five

Additional Reading Exercise 5 (ARE5)
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