Satan in America tells the story of America's complicated relationship with the devil. "New light" evangelists of the eighteenth century, enslaved African Americans, demagogic politicians, and modern American film-makers have used the devil to damn their enemies, explain the nature of evil and injustice, mount social crusades, construct a national identity, and express anxiety about matters as diverse as the threat of war to the dangers of deviant sexuality. W. Scott Poole's book shows that both the range and the scope of American religiousness made theological evil an especially potent symbol. Satan appears repeatedly on the political, religious, and cultural landscape of the United States, a shadow self to the sunny image of American progress and idealism.
W. Scott Poole is associate professor in history at the College of Charleston. He is the author of five books dealing with American religion, race, and popular culture.
Preface: "Night Stalker" Chapter 1: "The Devil is Come Down in Great Wrath" Chapter 2: Darkness Invisible Chapter 3: The Devils of Daniel Webster Chapter 4: Casting out Devils Chapter 5: Hellhound on my Trail Chapter 6: Lucifer Rising Chapter 7: The Beast Epilogue: Shame the Devil Hunting the Devil: A Bibliographic Essay