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Accidental Pluralism – America and the Religious Politics of English Expansion, 1497-1662 - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Accidental Pluralism: America and the Religious Politics of English Expansion, 1497-1662

Evan Haefeli


Religious pluralism, the peaceful coexistence of different religious groups, has been such a hallmark of American society that its origins have been taken for granted rather than explained. Examining the earliest phase of English colonization, this book shows that pluralism was not at all the intended or desired outcome of explorers or colonists. On the contrary, it was imagined that the colonies would share the same religion as England. However, the long and contested series of religious and political changes unleashed by the reformation in England, Ireland, and Scotland subverted the creatio ... More

Keywords: colonization, toleration, Puritanism, Roman Catholicism, English Civil War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226742618
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226742755.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Evan Haefeli, author
Texas A&M University

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