The Gods of Gotham: Religion and the Making of New York City

Lecture Description

New York City’s architecture (the Empire State Building), neighborhoods (Greenwich Village, Harlem, and others), and cultural styles have long been emblematic of the global modern. For other Americans, the city has been, at different times, simultaneously both the object of desire and of fear and loathing, and much of the desire and fear have centered on religion. The city has been seen as religiously alien, a threat to the virtue of the American heartland, or as the epitome of the evils of modernity. But, in fact, religion has been central to the making of New York, and New York to the religious history of the modern U.S. This lecture takes a neighborhood level view of NY’s religious history, with an eye to its broader national and international significance.


New York Religion

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