In a series of pioneering studies, this book examines the creation-and the conflict behind the creation-of sacred space in America. The essays in this volume visit places in America where economic, political, and social forces clash over the sacred and the profane, from wilderness areas in the American West to the Mall in Washington, D.C., and they investigate visions of America as sacred space at home and abroad. Here are the beginnings of a new American religious history-told as the story of the contested spaces it has inhabited.
The contributors are David Chidester, Matthew Glass, Edward T. Linenthal, Colleen McDannell, Robert S. Michaelsen, Rowland A. Sherrill, and Bron Taylor.
DAVID CHIDESTER is Professor of Comparative Religion and Director of the Institute for Comparative Religion in Southern Africa at the University of Cape Town. His recent books include Shots in the Streets: Violence and Religion in South Africa and Word and Light: Seeing, Hearing, and Religious Discourse. EDWARD T. LINENTHAL is Professor of Religion and American Culture at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and author of Sacred Ground: Americans and Their Battlefields and Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America's Holocaust Museum.
1. Introduction, by David Chidester and Edward T. Linenthal 2. Dirt in the Courtroom: Indian Land Claims and American "Property Rights," by Robert S. Michaelsen 3. Resacralizing Earth: Pagan Environmentalism and the Restoration of Turtle Island, by Bron Taylor 4. "Alexanders All": Symbols of Conquest and Resistance at Mount Rushmore, by Matthew Glass 5. Creating the Christian Home: Home schooling in Contemporary America, by Colleen McDannell 6. Locating Holocaust Memory: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, by Edward T. Linenthal 7. "A Big Wind Blew Up During the Night": America as Sacred Space in South Africa, by David Chidester 8. American Sacred Space and the contest of History, by Rowland A. Sherrill