An American Exceptionalism Bibliography


Below is a list of selected sources on American exceptionalism that I have found useful over the past several months. The topic is quite broad—my book is a treatment of exceptionalism in terms of historical theology, intellectual history, and American religious history. But exceptionalism can also be studied as political theory, sociology, economics, and even geography. So this bibliography is nowhere near exhaustive.

Still, I found each of these books helpful as I considered American exceptionalism. If you are interested in the topic, I hope you may find this bibliography useful. I’ve divided up the books by the following categories:

1. General Titles
2. Political Theory
3. Nationalism/American Nationalism
4. Puritans
5. Colonial Period
6. Revolutionary War
7. Early Republic/Antebellum America
8. Mexican American War
9. Territorial Expansion
10. Manifest Destiny
11. Slavery
12. Civil War
13. Abraham Lincoln
14. Theodore Roosevelt
15. Woodrow Wilson/World War I
16. World War II
17. Cold War
18. Ronald Reagan
19. War on Terror
20. American Exceptionalism/Civil Religion
21. Historical Thinking
22. Christian America
23. American Religion
24. Millennialism
25. Chosenness
26. Land
27. Civic Engagement
28. Church and State
29. Race

This bibliography is a work in progress, so if you see something I’ve missed, please do not hesitate to let me know!

General Titles

Adams, James Truslow. The Epic of America. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., 1932.

Stark, Rodney. America’s Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton, 2012.

Peterson, Houston, ed. A Treasury of the World’s Great Speeches. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1954.

Augustine. Concerning the City of God Against the Pagans. Translated by Henry Bettenson. New York: Penguin, 2003.

Mead, Walter Russell. God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World. New York: Knopf, 2007.

Kazin, Michael. American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation. New York: Vintage, 2011.

Bancroft, George. History of the United States, From the Discovery of the American Continent. 8 volumes. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1860.

Durant, Will and Ariel. The Story of Civilization. Vol. 7, The Age of Reason Begins: A History of European Civilization in the Period of Shakespeare, Bacon, Montaigne, Rembrandt, Galileo, and Descartes: 1558–1648. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1961.

________. The Story of Civilization. Vol. 6, The Reformation: A History of European Civilization from Wyclif to Calvin: 1300–1564. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1957.

Beard, Charles. The Rise of American Civilization. New York: Macmillan, 1930.

Commager, Henry Steele. The Empire of Reason: How Europe Imagined and America Realized the Enlightenment. New York: Anchor, 1978.

Political Theory

Hacker, Louis and Helene S. Zahler, eds. The Shaping of the American Tradition. New York: Columbia University Press, 1947.

Locke, John. Second Treatise on Civil Government. Edited by Peter Laslett. Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought, edited by Raymond Geuss and Quentin Skinner. 1960. Reprint, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Hartz, Louis. The Liberal Tradition in America: An Interpretation of American Political Thought Since the Revolution. New York: Harcourt, Brace, and Co., 1955.

Sandoz, Ellis. A Government of Laws: Political Theory, Religion, and the American Founding. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2001.

Rousseau, Jean Jacques. The Social Contract. The Great Books of the Western World, edited by Robert Maynard Hutchins, no. 38. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 1952.

Lerner, Max. America as a Civilization: Life and Thought in the United States Today. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1957.

De Tocqueville, Alexis. Democracy in America. With an introduction by Alan Ryan. New York: Knopf, 1994.

Nationalism/American Nationalism

Kedourie, Elie. Nationalism. 4th exp. ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1993.

Boorstin, Daniel J. The Americans: The National Experience. With a foreword by Sean Wilentz. Francis Parkman Prize edition. New York: History Book Club, 2002.

Swomley, John M. American Empire: The Political Ethics of Twentieth-Century Conquest. London: Macmillan, 1961.

Baldwin, Leland D. The American Quest for the City of God. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1981.

Fousek, John. To Lead the Free World: American Nationalism and the Cultural Roots of the Cold War. Chapel Hill, N.C., 2000.

McKnight, Scot and Joseph B. Modica, eds. Jesus Is Lord; Caesar Is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies. With a foreword by Andy Crouch. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2013.

Nichols, Christopher McKnight. Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age. 2011; repr, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2015.

Ninkovich, Frank. Global Dawn: The Cultural Foundation of American Internationalism, 1865-1890. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009.

________. The Global Republic: America’s Inadvertent Rise to World Power. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014.

________. The United States and Imperialism. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2001.

Kohn, Hans. American Nationalism: An Interpretive Essay. New York: Macmillan, 1957.

Baritz, Loren. City on a Hill: A History of Ideas and Myths in America. New York: Wiley and Sons, 1964.

De Riencourt, Amaury. The American Empire. New York: Dell, 1968.

Ferguson, Niall. Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire. New York: Penguin, 2004.

Hart, Justin. Empire of Ideas: The Origins of Public Diplomacy and the Transformation of US Foreign Policy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Hartman, Andrew. A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.


Bercovitch, Sacvan The Puritan Origins of the American Self. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1975.

________., ed. The American Puritan Imagination: Essays in Revaluation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1974.

________. The American Jeremiad. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1978.

Bremer, Francis J and Lynn A. Botelho, eds. The World of John Winthrop: Essays on England and New England, 1588-1649. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2005.

McKenna, George. The Puritan Origins of American Patriotism. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007.

Miller, Perry and Thomas H. Johnson, eds. The Puritans: A Sourcebook of Their Writings. Vol. 1. 1963. Reprint, Mineola, NY: Dover, 2001.

Miller, Perry, ed. The American Puritans: Their Prose and Poetry. New York: Columbia University Press, 1956.

________. The American Puritans: Their Prose and Poetry. New York: Columbia University Press, 1956.

________.. Errand Into The Wilderness. Cambridge: Belknap, 1956.

________.. The New England Mind: From Colony to Province. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1954.

________.. The New England Mind: The Seventeenth Century. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1954.

Perry, Ralph Barton. Puritanism and Democracy. New York: Vanguard, 1944.

Colonial Period

Phillips, Kevin. The Cousin’s Wars: Religion, Politics, and the Triumph of Anglo-America. New York: Basic, 1999.

Revolutionary War

Wood, Gordon .The Radicalism of the American Revolution. New York: Knopf, 1992.

Albanese, Catherine L. Sons of the Fathers: The Civil Religion of the American Revolution. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1976.

Bailyn, Bernard. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution. Enlarged edition. Cambridge: Belknap, 1992.

Bonomi, Patricia U. “Religious Dissent and the Case for American Exceptionalism.” In Religion in a Revolutionary Age, Ronald Hoffman and Peter J. Albert, eds. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1994.

Byrd, James P. Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Colbourn, Trevor. The Lamp of Experienced: Whig History and the Intellectual Origins of the American Revolution. 2nd edition. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1998.

De Crèvecoeur, J. Hector St. John. Letters from an American Farmer and Sketches of Eighteenth Century America. Edited with an introduction by Albert E. Stone. New York: Penguin, 1986.

Gaines, James R. For Liberty and Glory: Washington, Lafayette, and Their Revolutions. New York: Norton, 2007.

Maier, Pauline. American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence. New York: Knopf, 1997.

Smith, Page, ed. Religious Origins of the American Revolution. Missoula, MT: Scholars Press, 1976.

Early Republic/Antebellum America

Cheathem, Mark R. Andrew Jackson: Southerner. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2013.

Ellis, Joseph J. American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.

Howe, Daniel Walker. What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848. Oxford History of the United States, edited by David M. Kennedy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Beeman, Richard. Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution. New York: Random House, 2009.

Freehling, William W. The Road to Disunion: Secessionists at Bay, 1776-1854. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.

Meacham, Jon. American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation. New York: Random House, 2006.

Potter, David M. The Impending Crisis: America Before the Civil War, 1848–1861. Completed and edited by Don E. Fehrenbacher. 1976. Reprint, New York: Harper Perennial, 2011.

Reynolds, David S. Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson. New York: HarperCollins, 2008.

Shalev, Eran. American Zion: The Old Testament as a Political Text from the Revolution to the Civil War. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.

Wood, Gordon S. Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different. New York: Penguin, 2006.

________. The Creation of the American Republic: 1776 –1787. 2d ed. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.

________. The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States. New York: Penguin, 2011.

Wilentz, Sean. The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln. New York: Norton, 2005.

Mexican American War

Clary, David A. Eagles and Empire: The United States, Mexico, and the Struggle for a Continent. New York: Bantam, 2009.

Pinheiro, John C. Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War. New York: Oxford, 2014.

Territorial Expansion

Billington, Ray Allen. Westward Expansion: A History of the American Frontier. 2nd ed. New York: Macmillan, 1960.

Drinnon, Richard. Facing West: The Metaphysics of Indian-Hating and Empire-Building. 1980. Reprint, Norman, OK: The University of Oklahoma Press, 1997.

Etulan, Richard W., ed. Does the Frontier Experience Make America Exceptional? Historians at Work, edited by Edward Countryman. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 1999.

Goetzmann, William H. Exploration and Empire: The Explorer and the Scientist in the Winning of the American West. Francis Parkman Prize edition. New York: History Book Club, 2006.

Kluger, Richard. Seizing Destiny: How America Grew from Sea to Shining Sea. New York: Knopf, 2007.

Kukla, Jon. A Wilderness so Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America. New York: Knopf, 2003.

Morgan, Ted. A Shovel of Stars: The Making of the American West—1800 to the Present. New York: Touchstone, 1995.

________. Wilderness at Dawn: The Settling of the North American Continent. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993.

Manifest Destiny

Gomez, Adam. “Deus Vult!: John L. O’Sullivan, Manifest Destiny, and American Democratic Messianism.” American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture 1.2 (Fall 2012): 236–262.

Hawk, L. Daniel. Joshua in 3-D: A Commentary on Biblical Conquest and Manifest Destiny. Eugene: Cascade, 2010.

Heidler, David S. and Jeanne T. Heidler. Manifest Destiny. Greenwood Guides to Historic Events, 1500-1900, Linda S. Frey and Marsha L. Frey, eds. London: Greenwood, 2003.

Hietala, Thomas R. Manifest Design: American Exceptionalism and Empire. Revised edition. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1985.

Hofstadter, Richard “Manifest Destiny and the Philippines.” In Daniel Aaron, ed. America in Crisis: Fourteen Crucial Episodes in American History. New York, 1952.

Merk, Frederick. Manifest Destiny and Mission in American History. With a foreword by John Mack Faragher. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995.

Stephanson, Anders. Manifest Destiny: American Expansion and the Empire of Right. New York: Hill and Wang, 1995.


Baptist, Edward E. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. New York: Basic, 2014.

Blassingame, John W.. The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South. 1972. Reprint, New York: Oxford University Press, 1979.

Davis, David Brion. Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Horton, James Oliver and Lois E. Horton. Slavery and the Making of America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Northup, Solomon. Twelve Years a Slave. 1853.

Civil War

McPherson, James. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Moorhead, James H. American Apocalypse: Yankee Protestants and the Civil War, 1860-1869. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1978.

Noll, Mark. The Civil War as a Theological Crisis. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

Abraham Lincoln

Diggins, John Patrick. On Hallowed Ground: Abraham Lincoln and the Foundations of American History. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000.

Wolf, William J. The Almost Chosen People: A Study of the Religion of Abraham Lincoln. New York: Doubleday, 1959.

Guelzo, Allen C. Abraham Lincoln, Redeemer President. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999.

Lincoln, Abraham. Selected Speeches and Writings. With an introduction by Gore Vidal. New York: Library of America Paperback Classics, 2009.

McPherson, James M., ed. “We Cannot Escape History”: Lincoln and the Last Best Hope of Earth. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001.

Mead, Sidney E. “Abraham Lincoln’s ‘Last, Best Hope of Earth’: The American Dream of Destiny and Democracy,” Church History 23:1 (March 1954): 3–16.

White, Ronald C. The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words. New York: Random House, 2005.

Theodore Roosevelt

Beale, Howard K. Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of America to World Power. The Albert Shaw Lectures on Diplomatic History. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1956.

Burton, David H. Theodore Roosevelt: Confident Imperialist. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1968.

Dalton, Kathleen. Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life. New York: Knopf, 2002.

DiNunzio, Mario, ed. Theodore Roosevelt: An American Mind, Selected Writings. New York: Penguin, 1994.

Roosevelt, Theodore. The Winning of the West. 4 volumes. Introduction by John Milton Cooper, Jr. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995.

________. Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography. 1913. Reprint, New York: Da Capo, 1985.

Woodrow Wilson/World War I

Babik, Milan. Statecraft and Salvation: Wilsonian Liberal Internationalism as Secularized Eschatology. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2013.

Gamble, Richard. The War for Righteousness: Progressive Christianity, the Great War, and the Rise of the Messianic Nation. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 2003.

MacMillan, Margaret. Paris, 1919: Six Months That Changed the World. With a foreword by Richard Holbrooke. New York: Random House, 2001.

Ninkovich, Frank. The Wilsonian Century: U. S. Foreign Policy Since 1900. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.

Wilson, Woodrow. A History of the American People. Five Volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1908.

World War II

Borgwardt, Elizabeth. A New Deal for the World: America’s Vision for Human Rights. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005.

Kaye, Harvey. The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2014.

Cold War

Inboden, William. Religion and American Foreign Policy, 1945–1960. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Kinzer, Stephen. The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War. New York: Henry Holt, 2013.

Niebuhr, Richard. The Irony of American History. New York: Scribner’s 1952.

Offner, Arnold A. Another Such Victory: President Truman and the Cold War, 1945–1953. Stanford Nuclear Age Series. (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002).

Preston, Andrew. Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith. New York: Anchor, 2012.

Van Dusen, Henry P., ed. The Spiritual Legacy of John Foster Dulles: Selections from His Articles and Addresses. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1960.

Freeman, Joshua B. American Empire: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home, 1945–2000. The Penguin History of the United States. New York: Viking, 2012.

Ronald Reagan

Harrison, Maureen and Steve Gilbert, eds. The Speeches of Ronald Reagan. 2004. Reprint, Excellent Books, 2014.

Reagan, Ronald. Speaking My Mind: Selected Speeches. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989.

________. The Reagan Diaries. Edited by Douglas Brinkley. New York: Harper Perennial, 2007.

Skinner, Kiron K., Annelise Anderson, and Martin Anderson, eds. Reagan, In His Own Hand. New York: Touchstone, 2001.

War on Terror

Bacevich, Andrew J. The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. New York: Metropolitan, 2008.

Woodward, Bob. Bush At War. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2002.

American Exceptionalism/Civil Religion

Ceasar, James W. “The Origins and Character of American Exceptionalism.” American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture 1.1 (Spring 2012): 3-28.

Cherry, Conrad, ed.. God’s New Israel: Religious Interpretations of American Destiny. Revised Edition. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.

Bellah, Robert N. and Phillip E. Hammond. Varieties of Civil Religion. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1980.

________. Beyond Belief: Essays on Religion in a Post-Traditional World. New York: Harper and Row, 1970.

________. The Broken Covenant: American Civil Religion in Time of Trial. New York: Seabury, 1975.

Cobbs Hoffman, Elizabeth. American Umpire. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013.

Chesterton, G. K. What I Saw in America. Civium Press, 2012.

Deneen, Patrick J. “Cities of Man on a Hill.” American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture 1.1 (Spring 2012): 29-52.

Dunn, Charles, ed. American Exceptionalism: The Origins, History, and Future of Our Nation’s Greatest Strength. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2013.

Edwards, Jason A. and David Weiss. The Rhetoric of American Exceptionalism: Critical Essays. London: McFarland, 2011.

Fischer, Claude S. Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Gamble, Richard M. In Search of the City on a Hill: The Making and Unmaking of an American Myth. New York: Continuum, 2012.

Gardella, Peter. American Civil Religion: What Americans Hold Sacred. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Gelernter, David. Americanism: The Fourth Great Western Religion. New York: Doubleday, 2007.

Gingrich, Newt and Vince Haley. A Nation Like No Other: Why American Exceptionalism Matters. Washington: Regnery, 2011.

Glaser, Elizabeth and Hermann Wellenreuther, eds. Bridging the Atlantic: The Question of American Exceptionalism in Perspective. Publications of the German Historical Institute. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Greene, Jack P. The Intellectual Construction of America: Exceptionalism and Identity from 1492 to 1800. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1993.

Guètin, Nicole. Religious Ideology in American Politics: A History. London: McFarland, 2009.

Guyatt, Nicholas. Providence and the Invention of the United States, 1607-1876. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Haberski, Raymond. God and War: American Civil Religion Since 1945. London: Rutgers University Press, 2012.

Hodgson, Godfrey. The Myth of American Exceptionalism. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.

Hughes, Richard T. Myths America Lives By. With a foreword by Robert N. Bellah. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2003.

Kagan, Robert. The World America Made. New York: Knopf, 2012.

Leithart, Peter J. Between Babel and Beast: America and Empires in Biblical Perspective. Theopolitical Visions, Thomas Heilke, D. Stephen Long, and C. C. Pecknold, eds. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2012.

Lieven, Anatol. America, Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Lipset, Seymour Martin. American Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged Sword. New York: W. W. Norton, 1996.

________. The First New Nation: The United States in Historical and Comparative Perspective. London: Transaction, 2003.

Lockhard, Charles. The Roots of American Exceptionalism: Institutions, Culture, and Policies. New York: MacMillan, 2003.

Madsen, Deborah L. American Exceptionalism. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1998.

Mead, Sidney E. “Nation With the Soul of a Church,” Church History 36:3 (September 1967): 262–83.

Onuf, Peter S. “American Exceptionalism and National Identity.” American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture 1.1 (Spring 2012): 77-100.

Pease, Donald E. The New American Exceptionalism. Critical American Studies Series, George Lipsitz, ed. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009.

Pierard, Richard V. and Robert D. Linder. Civil Religion and the Presidency. Grand Rapids: Academie, 1988.

Pullen, John J. Patriotism in America: A Study of Changing Devotions, 1770-1970. New York: American Heritage Press, 1971.

Remillard, Arthur. Southern Civil Religions: Imagining the Good Society in the Post-Reconstruction Era. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011.

Restad, Hilde. American Exceptionalism: An Idea That Made a Nation and Remade the World. New York: Routledge, 2015.

Robbins, James S. Native Americans: Patriotism, Exceptionalism, and the New American Identity. New York: Encounter, 2013.

Schuck, Peter H. and James Q. Wilson, eds. Understanding America: The Anatomy of an Exceptional Nation. New York: PublicAffairs, 2008.

Shafer, Byron E., ed. Is America Different?: A New Look at American Exceptionalism. Oxford, 1991.

Strong, Josiah. Our Country. Jurgen Herbst, ed. Cambridge: Belknap, 1963.

Historical Thinking

Boyd, Jonathan. “This Holy Hieroglyph: Providence and Historical Consciousness in George Bancroft’s Historiography.” PhD diss., Johns Hopkins University, 2001.

Cheng, Eileen Ka-May. The Plain and Noble Garb of Truth: Nationalism and Impartiality in American Historical Writing, 1784-1860. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011.

Clark, Gordon H. Historiography, Secular and Religious. 1971. Reprint Jefferson, MD: Trinity, 1994.

Fea, John, Jay Green, and Eric Miller, eds. Confessing History: Explorations in Christian Faith and the Historian’s Vocation. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2010.

Fea, John. Why Study History: Reflecting on the Importance of the Past. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013.

Keillor, Stephen J. God’s Judgments: Interpreting History and the Christian Faith. With a foreword by Mark A. Noll. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2007.

Le Goff, Jacques. History and Memory. Translated by Steven Rendall and Elizabeth Claman. European Perspectives, Lawrence D. Kritzman and Richard Wolin, eds. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992.

McKenzie, Robert Tracy. The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us About Loving God and Learning from History. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2013.

Molho, Anthony and Gordon S. Wood, eds. Imagined Histories: American Historians Interpret the Past. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998.

Momigliano, Arnaldo. The Classical Foundations of Modern Historiography. With a foreword by Riccardo di Donato. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.

Nash, Ronald H. The Meaning of History. Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 1998.

Noble, David W. Historians Against History: The Frontier Thesis and the National Covenant in American Historical Writing Since 1830. Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press, 1965.

Wood, Gordon. The Purpose of the Past: Reflections of the Uses of History. New York: Penguin, 2008.

Christian America

Fea, John. Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? A Historical Introduction. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2011.

Hughes, Richard T. Christian America and the Kingdom of God. With a foreword by Brian McLaren. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2009.

Kruse, Kevin. One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America. New York: Basic, 2015.

Noll, Mark A., Nathan O. Hatch, and George M. Marsden. The Search for Christian America. Colorado Springs: Helmers and Howard, 1989.

Throckmorton, Warren and Michael Coulter. Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims About Our Third President. Grove City: Salem Grove, 2012.

Wilsey, John D. One Nation Under God?: An Evangelical Critique of Christian America. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011.

American Religion

Gaustad, Edwin S. and Mark A. Noll, eds. A Documentary History of Religion in America Since 1877. Third ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003.

Gaustad, Edwin S. Faith of the Founders: Religion and the New Nation, 1776-1826. Second edition. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2004.

________.. A Religious History of America. Revised edition. New York: Harper San Francisco, 1990.

Heimert, Alan. Religion and the American Mind: From the Great Awakening to the Revolution. With a foreword by Andrew Delbanco. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 1966.

Herberg, Will. Protestant-Catholic-Jew: An Essay in American Religious Sociology. New York: Doubleday, 1955.

Hoffer, Peter Charles, ed. The Marrow of American Divinity: Selected Articles on Colonial Religion. New York: Garland, 1988.

Hoffman, Ronald and Peter J. Albert, eds. Religion in a Revolutionary Age. Perspectives on the American Revolution, Ronald Hoffman and Peter J. Albert, eds. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1994.

Holmes, David L. The Faiths of the Founding Fathers. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Kidd, Thomas S. God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution. New York: Basic, 2010.

Lambert, Frank. The Founding Fathers and the Place of Religion in America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003.

Marsden, George M. Fundamentalism and American Culture, 2d ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

________. Religion and American Culture. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990.

Noll, Mark A. A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1992.

________. America’s God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

________. Christians in the American Revolution. Vancouver: Regent College Publishing, 2003.

Humphrey, Edward Frank. Nationalism and Religion in America: 1774-1789. New York: Russell and Russell, 1965.

Sandoz, Ellis, ed. Political Sermons of the American Founding Era, 1730-1805. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1991.

Stout, Harry S. The New England Soul: Preaching and Religious Culture iln Colonial New England. 25th Anniversary ed. With a foreword by Mark A. Noll. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

West, John G., Jr. The Politics of Revelation and Reason: Religion and Civic Life in the New Nation. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1996.

Witham, Larry. A City on a Hill: How Sermons Changed the Course of American History. New York: HarperOne, 2007.


Bloch, Ruth Heidi. “Visionary Republic: Millennial Themes in America Ideology, 1756-1800.” Ph.D. diss., University of California, Berkeley, 1980.

Tuveson, Ernest Lee. Millennium and Utopia: A Study in the Background of the Idea of Progress. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1949.

________. Redeemer Nation: The Idea of America’s Millennial Role. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1968.

National Election

Anderson, Braden P. Chosen Nation: Scripture, Theopolitics, and the Project of National Identity. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2012.

Smith, Anthony D. Chosen Peoples: Sacred Sources of National Identity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.


Brinkley, Douglas. The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America. New York: Harper, 2009.

Burge, Gary M. Jesus and the Land: The New Testament Challenge to ‘Holy Land’ Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2010.

Burrow, John. A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romances, and Inquiries from Herodotus to Thucydides to the Twentieth Century. New York: Knopf, 2008.

Fiege, Mark. The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2012.

Glave, Dianne D. and Mark Stoll, eds. “To Love the Wind and the Rain”: African Americans and Environmental History. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006.

Glave, Dianne D. Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage. Chicago: Lawrence Hill, 2010.

Hersey, Mark D. My Work is That of Conservation: An Environmental Biography of George Washington Carver. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011.

Kennedy, Roger G. Mr. Jefferson’s Lost Cause: Land, Farmers, Slavery, and the Louisiana Purchase. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Muir, John. The Eight Wilderness Discovery Books. London: Diadem, 1992.

Nash, Roderick. Wilderness and the American Mind. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1967.

Smith, Kimberly K. African American Environmental Thought: Foundations. American Political Thought, Wilson Carey McWilliams and Lance Banning, eds. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2007.

McClay, Wilfred and Ted V. McAllister, eds. Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America. New York: New Atlantis, 2014.

Righter, Robert W. The Battle Over Hetch-Hetchy: America’s Most Controversial Dam and the Birth of Modern Environmentalism. New York: Oxford, 2006.

Stoll, Mark. Inherit the Mountain: Religion and the Rise of American Environmentalism. New York: Oxford, 2015.

Civic Engagement

Forsythe, Clarke D. Politics for the Greatest Good: The Case for Prudence in the Public Square. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2009.

Guiness, Os. A Free People’s Suicide: Sustainable Freedom and the American Future. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2012.

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