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Now that you have completed the first part of our course, Religion in Colonial America, you are to select one of the following questions and submit a reasoned, researched, and documented answer by the end of this week. 

  1. What primary factor(s) led to the establishment of religion in America?
  2. What influence, if any, did Native American religions have upon the religiosity of new world settlers?
  3. What changes occured in Puritan religion as a result of the pilgrim immigration from Europe to North America?
  4. Was the “Great Awakening” truly “great” and an “awakening”, or was it merely an attempt by historians to embellish religion in Colonial America?

As you respond to the question, remember to support your answer with researched examples. This will be an important factor in your grade. Your response should be 1-2 pages long and inlcude citations for any resources used. You citations must reflect APA style.

Submit your completed assignment by following the directions linked below. Please check the Course Calendar for specific due dates.

** This week you were introduced to the Historical Character Profile project.  As a first step, choose an historical character to research. This historical figure can come from any time period in American religious history. 

To help you select your historical figure, you may want to review the ‘Index’ at the end of your textbook, Religious history of America: The heart of the American story from Colonial Times to today, Gaustad & Schmidt  You may need to do some preliminary research to choose a character that is of interest to you. Some additional online resources are available in the Course Materials folder.

Once you select your historical figure, begin to craft a brief rationale (no more than 1 page) describing the reasons you have selected this particular person in American religious history. 

This assignment is due in Week 02 of the course. 


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