One Nation, Under Gods: A New American History

Paperback | February 23, 2016

byPeter Manseau

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A groundbreaking new look at the story of America

At the heart of the nation's spiritual history are audacious and often violent scenes. But the Puritans and the shining city on the hill give us just one way to understand the United States. Rather than recite American history from a Christian vantage point, Peter Manseau proves that what really happened is worth a close, fresh look.

Thomas Jefferson himself collected books on all religions and required that the brand new Library of Congress take his books, since Americans needed to consider the "twenty gods or no god" he famously noted were revered by his neighbors. Looking at the Americans who believed in these gods, Manseau fills in America's story of itself, from the persecuted "witches" at Salem and who they really were, to the persecuted Buddhists in WWII California, from spirituality and cults in the '60s to the recent presidential election where both candidates were for the first time non-traditional Christians.

One Nation, Under Godsshows how much more there is to the history we tell ourselves, right back to the country's earliest days.Dazzling in its scope and sweep, it is an American history unlike any you've read.

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A groundbreaking new look at the story of AmericaAt the heart of the nation's spiritual history are audacious and often violent scenes. But the Puritans and the shining city on the hill give us just one way to understand the United States. Rather than recite American history from a Christian vantage point, Peter Manseau proves that wha...

Peter Manseau holds a doctorate in religion from Georgetown University and is currently a fellow at the Smithsonian. He is the author ofRag and Bone,Songs for the Butcher's Daughter, andVows. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:February 23, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316100013

ISBN - 13:9780316100014

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"Prodigiously entertaining and thought-provoking.... One Nation, Under Gods is a sparkling work and a very pleasingly playful one, just exactly the pitch of light but learned inquiry that the vexed question of religion in America desperately needs, and the embattled secular humanism at the book's core is as refreshing as it is rare."-Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly