God in America, is a presentation of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and FRONTLINE, and explores the historical role of religion in the public life of the United States. The six-hour series interweaves documentary footage, historical dramatization, and interviews with religious historians.
God in America examines the potent and complex interaction between religion and democracy, the origins of the American concept of religious liberty, and the controversial evolution of that ideal in the nation's courts and political arena. The series considers the role religious ideas andinstitutions have played in social reform movements from abolition to civil rights, examining the impact of religious faith on conflicts from the American Revolution to the Cold War, and how guarantees of religious freedom created a competitive American religious marketplace. It also explores the intersection of political struggle and spiritual experience in the lives of key American historical figures including Franciscan Friars and the Pueblo leader Po'pay, Puritan leader John Winthrop and dissident Anne Hutchinson, Catholic Bishop John Hughes, abolitionist FrederickDouglass, Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, reform Rabbi Isaac Meyer Wise, Scopes trial combatants William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow, evangelist Billy Graham, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Moral Majority's Jerry Falwell.
The American story cannot be fully understood without understanding the country's religious history,"" says series executive producer Michael Sullivan. ""By examining that history, God in America will offer viewers a fresh, revealing, and challenging portrait of the country.""
Episodes (2 hours each) include -
A New Adam/ A New Eden
A Nation Reborn/ A New Light
Soul of a Nation/ Of God and Caesar
Extras include -
Behind the Scenes: Frederick Douglass
Behind the Scenes: Abraham Lincoln
PDF Outreach Materials:
Study Guide PDF
Sacred Spaces Guides (9)
Viewing Party Toolkit
Descriptive Video for the Visually Impaired
Producer: Greg Barker, Sarah Colt
Production Year: 2010
Copyright Year: 2010
Director: David Belton
Narrator: Sarah Colt, Campbell Scott, Greg Barker
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen