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American religious leaders
Hall, Timothy L., 1955-
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New York : Facts On File, [2003]

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xvi, 430 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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This work traces the history of American religion through the lives of its leaders. More than 250 entries explore America's religious and spiritual leaders from colonial times to today. Notable figures and leaders from many of the major churches and religious groups in America are covered.

Author Notes

Timothy L. Hall holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, has done graduate work in religious studies at Rice University, and holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Houston. He is a professor of law, specializing in constitutional law with a focus on church/state issues. He is currently a professor at the University of Mississippi Law School and director of the law school's summer program in Cambridge, England. Hall is also presently serving as interim associate provost of the University of Mississippi. He has taught at the University of Texas School of Law

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Booklist Review

Part of Facts On File's American Biographies series, American Religious Leaders traces the lives of 270 individuals who shaped the spiritual consciousness of our nation. The names selected for this informative work include universally recognized icons like Billy Graham, Abraham Heschel, and Martin Luther King Jr., but infamous characters like Jim Jones and David Koresh are also given a fair and impartial treatment. A balanced choice of subjects representing all major religious groups as well as names emanating from more secular milieus gives a sense of completeness to the volume. Each entry is carefully written and researched by Hall, professor at the University of Mississippi Law School, who is responsible for another Facts On File title called Supreme Court Justices: A Biographical Dictionary (2001). The uniform biographies are about one page in length and arranged alphabetically, giving vital dates and religious affiliation followed by a chronological review of the subject's life and memorable contributions. A bibliography concludes each entry. It should be noted that this biographical series treats both the living and the dead. Some 60 black-and-white photographs and a useful glossary add to the appeal of the work. Recommended for the general reader seeking biographical information on prominent religious figures. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Choice Review

The diversity of religion in the US has evolved throughout the country's history. The US has changed from a predominately Protestant Christian nation to one of dazzling religious diversity. The diversity of religious leaders has undergone a similar metamorphosis. The main portion of Hall's book supplies brief but elucidative articles concerning more than 270 American religious leaders from Colonial America to the late 20th century. Mainline Protestant denominational leaders constitute the majority of subjects in this volume, but leaders from every other religion or sect in the US are included. One can find articles about such standbys as the Mathers and Martin Luther King, Jr., but Hall does not exclude such lesser-known religious leaders as Quanah Parker and Walter Scott. Each entry lists further readings, and the book offers some 60 illustrations, a glossary, an extensive bibliography, a list of entries by religious affiliation, another by year of birth, and an index. The entries are written for undergraduates and general readers. Hall is a noted scholar on religion in US history. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All collections. R. Dyson Lamar University



American Religious Leaders traces the history of American religion through the lives of its leaders. More than 250 entries explore America's religious and spiritual leaders from colonial times to today. The book focuses on those who have occupied the spotlight of historical attention in one way or another: the founders, the pioneers, the heretics, and the saints, among others. All have summoned some measure of historical interest and left some record, either through journals and autobiographies of their own or through biographies written by others. Notable figures and leaders from many of the major churches and religious groups in America are covered, including Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodists, Catholics, Black Muslims, Jews, and Mormons along with leaders from smaller and lesser-known but no less important religions. They have established schools, founded humanitarian and social welfare organizations, led movements concerned with social equality and civil rights, and proceeded to voice economic, political, and social ideas based on their commitment to their respective religions and the beliefs of their followers. Broadly inclusive, this volume profiles many women, Native Americans, African Americans, and leaders from other traditionally underrepresented groups within American society. Profiles include: James Lloyd Breck: Episcopal missionary Edgar Cayce: psychic Dorothy Day: cofounder of the Catholic Worker movement Louis Farrakhan: Nation of Islam leader Henry Highland Garnet: Presbyterian minister, abolitionist Anne Hutchinson: Puritan lay leader Pat Robertson: founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network Joseph Smith III: president of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Smohalla: Native American prophet, founder of the Dreamer Religion Francis Joseph Spellman: Catholic cardinal. Excerpted from American Religious Leaders by Timothy L. Hall All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Note on Photosp. vi
List of Entriesp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
A to Z Entriesp. 1
Glossaryp. 398
Bibliography and Recommended Sourcesp. 404
Entries by Religious Affiliationp. 410
Entries by Year of Birthp. 413
Indexp. 417