God & Guns: the History of Faith and Firearms in America|
HIST 250, AMST 261|
This course examines the history of firearms and religion in the United States, ultimately seeking to understand the significance of gun culture within American Christianity and the powerful "God & Guns" story at the core of many Americans' identity. Beginning with an overview of colonial and revolutionary-era views of firearms and violence, the course examines the influence of slavery, gender, and the wars of the 20th century, paying special attention to the emergence of a masculine, warrior Jesus within evangelical and fundamentalist communities during the Cold War. Students will be challenged to consider the ways in which this story helps explain one facet of popular support for Donald Trump and to reflect on how firearms are central to the identity of many conservative American Christians.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(RELI-MN)(RELI)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
THE NEW OXFORD ANNOTATED BIBLE
Christopher Tomlins, IN THE MATTER OF NAT TURNER
DeCaro, Jr. JOHN BROWN SPEAKS
Kristin DuMez, JESUS AND JOHN WAYNE
Carl Chinn, EVIL INVADES SANCTUARY
|Examinations and Assignments: |
A midterm exam, weekly 1-2 page journal entries, one 3-5 page response essay, and a final project (in lieu of a final exam). There will also be at least one field trip.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Thematic Approach and Method & Theory requirement for the Religion major.
This course counts toward the Pre-1900 requirement for the American Studies major.
|Instructor(s): Slaughter ,Joseph P. Times: ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM; Location: FISK414; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 25||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: -1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 2||SO: 5||FR: 5|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 19||1st Ranked: 5||2nd Ranked: 2||3rd Ranked: 2||4th Ranked: 1||Unranked: 9|