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Inspiration and Innovation: Religion in the American West by Todd M. Kerstetter (review)

Inspiration and Innovation: Religion in the American West by Todd M. Kerstetter (review) Article Book Reviews Richard B. McCaslin, Editor Inspiration and Innovation: Religion in the American West. By Todd M. Kerstetter. (Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell, 2015. Pp. 286. Illustrations, map, index). Wiley Blackwell's new addition to its Western History Series, Inspiration and Innovation: Religion in the American West, is perfectly suited to classroom use. Todd Kerstetter, an associate professor at Texas Christian University, has carefully constructed a readable survey of religion in the American West from pre-contact to the present. This reviewer, as an instructor of both the history of the American West and the history of religion, most certainly agrees with Kerstetter: too few works on the American West sufficiently focus on religion, and religious histories rarely give adequate attention to western influences. Kerstetter deftly examines the role religion played in the Trans-Mississippi and Far West, especially the topics that popular textbook histories of the American West have downplayed: indigenous religion on the West Coast, the Russian Orthodox Church in Oregon, Mormonism in Utah, Hispanic Catholicism in the Southwest, and Reform Judaism in San Francisco. He also convincingly shows how the historical development of the West shaped uniquely American religious innovations. Before there was an "American West," the places http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southwestern Historical Quarterly Texas State Historical Association

Inspiration and Innovation: Religion in the American West by Todd M. Kerstetter (review)

Southwestern Historical Quarterly , Volume 119 (4) – Apr 27, 2016

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Article Book Reviews Richard B. McCaslin, Editor Inspiration and Innovation: Religion in the American West. By Todd M. Kerstetter. (Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell, 2015. Pp. 286. Illustrations, map, index). Wiley Blackwell's new addition to its Western History Series, Inspiration and Innovation: Religion in the American West, is perfectly suited to classroom use. Todd Kerstetter, an associate professor at Texas Christian University, has carefully constructed a readable survey of religion in the American West from pre-contact to the present. This reviewer, as an instructor of both the history of the American West and the history of religion, most certainly agrees with Kerstetter: too few works on the American West sufficiently focus on religion, and religious histories rarely give adequate attention to western influences. Kerstetter deftly examines the role religion played in the Trans-Mississippi and Far West, especially the topics that popular textbook histories of the American West have downplayed: indigenous religion on the West Coast, the Russian Orthodox Church in Oregon, Mormonism in Utah, Hispanic Catholicism in the Southwest, and Reform Judaism in San Francisco. He also convincingly shows how the historical development of the West shaped uniquely American religious innovations. Before there was an "American West," the places

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Southwestern Historical QuarterlyTexas State Historical Association

Published: Apr 27, 2016

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