This research guide introduces some distinctively North American Christian movements --that is, Christian groups that arose in North America, practically speaking in the United States. "Christian" is meant very broadly here --historically more than doctrinally or ideologically. These movements have provided a great deal of material for social history, women's history, and various alternative accounts of American history, and are shaped by a recurring vacillation between conceiving themselves as "central" or "peripheral" to mainstream American life.
Evangelicalism topic page, from Literati by CredoReference (topic essay is from Encyclopedia of American Studies, 2016)
Evangelicalism, from Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century (2000)
Evangelicalism, from Britain and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History (2005)
Fundamentalism topic page from Literati by CredoReference (topic essay is from The Columbia Encylopedia, 2008)
A map of adherents of evangelical churches in the United States, published by the Association of Religion Data Archives (see box below) maintained at Pennsylvania State University and funded by grants from The Lilly Endowment, The John Templeton Foundation, and the University. See also discussion at the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals.
ATLAReligion : Indexes religious and theological literature, including a full range of index citations of journal articles, essays in multi-author works, and book reviews
Historical Abstracts with Full Text: offers both full-text and citations to articles about Shakers both as a group, and as individuals.
Educator's Reference Complete: has useful citations and full-text on topics of religious commitments, controversies, and education
Association of Religion Data Archives (at Pennsylvania State University) maintains statistics and survey information regarding many Evangelical groups, which have to searched individually by name. (There is no catch-all category "Evangelical" in their data sets.)
Written by Peter Gavin Ferriby, Ph.D., University Librarian. Last revised August 2016.