God's Country, Uncle Sam's Land : Faith and Conflict in the American West
While many studies of religion in the West have focused on the region's diversity, freedom, and individualism, Todd M. Kerstetter brings together the three most glaring exceptions to those rules to explore the boundaries of tolerance as enforced by society and the U.S. government. In sharp contrast to the mythic image of the West as the \u0022Land of the Free,\u0022 Kerstetter analyzes three tragic episodes that reveal the West as a cultural battleground: the Mormon Utah Expedition and Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857, the Lakota Ghost Dancers and the Wounded Knee Massacre in South Dakota in 1890, and the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas in 1993.
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
- 01 Jul 2008
- University of Illinois Press
- Baltimore, United States
"Kerstetter's well-written study unpacks how devastating the conflict becomes when mythic worlds - in this case those of region and religion - collide." Great Plains Quarterly "An important contribution to our understanding both of the role of religion in the development of the American West and of the interplay of government and social geography in shaping religion." Journal of American History "Kerstetter has selected a trio of events that not only invite comparison but also stimulate critical questioning... [A] well-balanced and exemplary book." American Historical Review
About Todd M. Kerstetter
Todd M. Kerstetter is an associate professor of history at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth.