American Heathens : Religion, Race, and Reconstruction in California, Hardback Book

American Heathens : Religion, Race, and Reconstruction in California Hardback

Part of the Western Histories series


In the 19th-century debate over whether the United States should be an explicitly Christian nation, California emerged as a central battleground.

Racial groups that were perceived as godless and uncivilized were excluded from suffrage, and evangelism among Indians and the Chinese was seen as a politically incendiary act.

Joshua Paddison sheds light on Reconstruction's impact on Indians and Asian Americans by illustrating how marginalized groups fought for a political voice, refuting racist assumptions with their lives, words, and faith.

Reconstruction, he argues, was not merely a remaking of the South, but rather a multiracial and multiregional process of reimagining the nation.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 278 pages, 11 b/w photographs
  • Publisher: Huntington Library Press,US
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  • Category: Miscellaneous items
  • ISBN: 9780873282444



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