Week 1 / Jan. 26: Moravians
Katherine Carte Engel, Religion and Profit: Moravians in Early America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011).
Sven Beckert, “History of American Capitalism,” in American History Now, ed. Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011), 314–35.
Seth Rockman, “What Makes the History of Capitalism Newsworthy?,” Journal of the Early Republic 34, no. 3 (2014): 439–66.
Jeremy Adelman and Jonathan Levy, “The Fall and Rise of Economic History,” Chronicle of Higher Education, December 1, 2014.
Sven Beckert et al., “Interchange: The History of Capitalism,” Journal of American History 101, no. 2 (2014): 503–36, doi:10.1093/jahist/jau357.
Week 2 / Feb. 2: Puritans
Mark Valeri, Heavenly Merchandize: How Religion Shaped Commerce in Puritan America (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014).
Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, ed. Peter Baehr and Gordon C. Wells (New York: Penguin Classics, 2002), 1–95 (i.e., chs. 1-3 and ch. 4’s sections on Calvinism and Pietism).
Bernard Bailyn, The Apologia of Robert Keayne: Self-Portrait of a Puritan Merchant (New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1964), 45–60.
Stephen Innes, Creating the Commonwealth: The Economic Culture of Puritan New England (New York: W.W. Norton, 1995).
Mark Peterson, The Price of Redemption: The Spiritual Economy of Puritan New England (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997).
Kristen Block, Ordinary Lives in the Early Caribbean: Religion, Colonial Competition, and the Politics of Profit (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012).
Marcy Norton, Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasures: A History of Tobacco and Chocolate in the Atlantic World (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2010).
Week 3 / Feb. 9: Antebellum Protestants
Mark A. Noll, ed., God and Mammon: Protestants, Money, and the Market, 1790–1860 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001).
Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, ed. Peter Baehr and Gordon C. Wells (New York: Penguin Classics, 2002), 95–203.
Charles G. Sellers, The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815–1846 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994), ch. 7.
E. P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class (New York: Pantheon Books, 1964), ch. 11
Paul E. Johnson, A Shopkeeper’s Millennium: Society and Revivals in Rochester, New York, 1815-1837 (New York: Hill and Wang, 1991).
David Paul Nord, Faith in Reading: Religious Publishing and the Birth of Mass Media in America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004).
Jeanne Halgren Kilde, When Church Became Theatre: The Transformation of Evangelical Architecture and Worship in Nineteenth-Century America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).
Week 4 /
Feb. 16 Feb. 23: Commodities
Colleen McDannell, Material Christianity: Religion and Popular Culture in America (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995).
Lerone A. Martin, Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Shaping of Modern African American Religion (New York: NYU Press, 2014), ch. 3.
Marx, Capital, vol. 1, ch. 1.
David Morgan and Sally M. Promey, The Visual Culture of American Religions (University of California Press, 2001).
Moishe Postone and Timothy Brennan, “Labor and the Logic of Abstraction: An Interview,” South Atlantic Quarterly 108, no. 2 (April 1, 2009): 305–30, doi:10.1215/00382876-2008-035.
David Harvey, A Companion to Marx’s Capital, 2nd ed. (New York: Verso, 2010).
Week 5 /
Feb. 23 Mar. 2: Markets
Stewart Davenport, Friends of the Unrighteous Mammon: Northern Christians and Market Capitalism, 1815–1860 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008).
Marx, Capital, vol. 1,
chs. 2–3discussion of chapter 1 from previous week.
Kathryn Teresa Long, The Revival of 1857-58: Interpreting an American Religious Awakening (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998), ch. 2.
Jonathan Levy, Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012).
John Corrigan, Business of the Heart: Religion and Emotion in the Nineteenth Century (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002).
Moore, R. Laurence. Selling God: American Religion in the Marketplace of Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
Catherine A. Brekus, “The Perils of Prosperity: Some Historical Reflections on Christianity, Capitalism, and Consumerism in the United States,” in American Christianities: A History of Dominance and Diversity, ed. Catherine A. Brekus and W. Clark Gilpin (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011), 279–306.
Jeffrey P. Sklansky, The Soul’s Economy: Market Society and Selfhood in American Thought, 1820-1920 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002).
Week 6 /
Mar. 2 Mar. 16: Gifts and Holidays
Leigh Eric Schmidt, Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of American Holidays (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997).
Marcel Mauss, The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies, trans. W. D. Halls (W. W. Norton, 2000).
Leigh Eric Schmidt, “Practices of Exchange: From Market Culture to Gift Economy in the Interpretation of American Religion,” in Lived Religion in America: Toward a History of Practice, ed. David D. Hall (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997), 69–91.
Alexis McCrossen, Holy Day, Holiday: The American Sunday (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2000), ch. 7.
Leigh Eric Schmidt, “The Easter Parade: Piety, Fashion, and Display,” Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 4, no. 2 (1994): 135–64, doi:10.2307/1123847.
Week 7 /
Mar. 16: Mar. 23 Money
James Hudnut-Beumler, In Pursuit of the Almighty’s Dollar: A History of Money and American Protestantism (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2007).
David Graeber, Debt: The First 5,000 Years, reprint ed. (Brooklyn: Melville House, 2012), ch. 11.
Andrew Carnegie, The Gospel of Wealth (New York: Century, 1901), 1–46. Google Books
Michael O’Malley, Face Value: The Entwined Histories of Money and Race in America (Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 2012).
Week 8 /
Mar. 23 Mar. 30: African Americans
John M. Giggie, After Redemption: Jim Crow and the Transformation of African American Religion in the Delta, 1875-1915 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007).
James Forman, “The Black Manifesto” (1969) and related documents. Episcopal Archives
John M. Giggie,“Buying and Selling with God: African American Religion, Race Records, and the Emerging Culture of Mass Consumption,” in Fitz Brundage, ed., Beyond Blackface (Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2011).
Robert S. Lecky and Elliott Wright, eds., Black Manifesto; Religion, Racism, and Reparations (New York: Sheed and Ward, 1969).
Edward E. Baptist, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (New York: Basic Books, 2014).
Week 9 / Mar. 30: Mormons Sadly canceled due to snow Leonard J. Arrington, Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of the Latter-Day Saints, 1830-1900, new edition (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004), excerpts TBA. David Charles Gore, “Profits of a Prophet: Toward Joseph Smith’s Political Economy,” in New Perspectives in Mormon Studies: Creating and Crossing Boundaries, ed. Eric Farrel Mason and Quincy D. Newell (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2013), 19–40. Suggested: Joseph Smith, Views on the Powers and Policy of the Government of the United States (Salt Lake City: Jos. Hyrum Parry, 1886), 5–22. Internet Archive Matthew Godfrey, Religion, Politics, and Sugar: The Mormon Church, the Federal Government, and the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, 1907-1921 (Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 2007). Greg Umbach, “Learning to Shop in Zion: The Consumer Revolution in Great Basin Mormon Culture, 1847-1910,” Journal of Social History 38, no. 1 (October 1, 2004): 29–61. JSTOR
Week 10 / Apr. 6: Jews
Rebecca Kobrin, ed., Chosen Capital: The Jewish Encounter with American Capitalism (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2012).
Jenna Weissman Joselit, The Wonders of America: Reinventing Jewish Culture 1880-1950 (New York: Hill and Wang, 1994), ch. 5.
Jonathan D. Sarna, “‘A Sort of Paradise for the Hebrews’: The Lofty Vision of Cincinnati Jews,” in Ethnic Diversity and Civic Identity: Patterns of Conflict and Cohesion in Cinncinnati since 1820, ed. Henry D. Shapiro and Jonathan D. Sarna (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992), 131–64.
Andrew R. Heinze, Adapting to Abundance: Jewish Immigrants, Mass Consumption, and the Search for American Identity, reprint edition (New York: Columbia University Press, 1992).
Tony Michels, A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009).
Eli Lederhendler, Jewish Immigrants and American Capitalism, 1880-1920: From Caste to Class (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009).
Week 11 / Apr. 13: Social Gospel
Paul T. Phillips, A Kingdom on Earth: Anglo-American Social Christianity, 1880-1940 (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006).
Ralph E. Luker, The Social Gospel in Black and White: American Racial Reform, 1885-1912 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991), ch. 10.
Charles Sheldon, In His Steps (Chicago: Advance Publishing, 1899). Google Books.
Susan Curtis, A Consuming Faith: The Social Gospel and Modern American Culture (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2001).
William Leach, Land of Desire: Merchants, Power, and the Rise of a New American Culture (New York: Vintage Books, 1994).
Douglas Carl Abrams, Selling the Old-Time Religion: American Fundamentalists and Mass Culture, 1920-1940 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2001).
Henry May, Protestant Churches and Industrial America (New York: Harper, 1949).
Bowman, Matthew. “Sin, Spirituality, and Privitism: The Theologies of the American Social Gospel, 1885-1917.” Religion and American Culture 17, no. 1 (2007): 95-126.
Michael Bourgeois, All Things Human: Henry Codman Potter and the Social Gospel in the Episcopal Church (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004).
Week 12 / Apr. 20: Catholic Workers
Kenneth J. Heineman, A Catholic New Deal: Religion and Reform in Depression Pittsburgh (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005).
Marx, Capital, vol. 1, ch. 7, 10.
Pick one of the following:
Leonard J. Arrington, Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of the Latter-Day Saints, 1830-1900, new edition (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004), chs 2 and 10.
Greg Umbach, “Learning to Shop in Zion: The Consumer Revolution in Great Basin Mormon Culture, 1847-1910,” Journal of Social History 38, no. 1 (October 1, 2004): 29–61. JSTOR
Mel Piehl, Breaking Bread: The Catholic Worker and the Origin of Catholic Radicalism in America (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1982), esp. ch. 4.
Jon Gjerde, Catholicism and the Shaping of Nineteenth-Century America, ed. S. Deborah Kang (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), ch. 7.
Dan Mckanan, Prophetic Encounters: Religion and the American Radical Tradition (Boston: Beacon Press, 2011).
Ken Fones-Wolf, Trade Union Gospel: Christianity and Labor in Industrial Philadelphia, 1865-1915 (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1989).
David Burns, The Life and Death of the Radical Historical Jesus (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).
Jarod Roll, Spirit of Rebellion: Labor and Religion in the New Cotton South (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010).
Selections from Dorothy Day, House of Hospitality (New York: Sheed and Ward, 1939), foreword, chs. 7, 8, 10. Dorothy Day Collection
Week 13 / Apr. 27: Prosperity Gospel
Kate Bowler, Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).
Kathryn Lofton, Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011), ch. 1.
Week 14 / May 4: Corporate Capitalism
Bethany Moreton, To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010).
Darren Grem, “The Marketplace Missions of S. Truett Cathy, Chick-Fil-A, and the Sunbelt South,” in Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Place, Space, and Region, ed. Michelle M. Nickerson and Darren Dochuk, Politics and Culture in Modern America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), 293–315.
Bruce Barton, The Man Nobody Knows (Indianapolis: Bobs-Merrill, 1925).
David W. Miller, God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).
David R. Swartz, Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism, Politics and Culture in Modern America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012).
Timothy Gloege, Guaranteed Pure: The Moody Bible Institute, Business, and the Making of Modern Evangelicalism (Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2015).