The Pew and the Picket Line

Christianity and the American Working Class

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Christopher D. Cantwell, Heath W. Carter, Janine Giordano Drake
Working Class in American History
  • Champaign, IL : 
    University of Illinois Press
    , March
     280 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Scot Loyd forthcoming.


The Pew and the Picket Line collects works from a new generation of scholars working at the nexus where religious history and working-class history converge. Focusing on Christianity and its unique purchase in America, the contributors use in-depth local histories to illustrate how Americans male and female, rural and urban, and from a range of ethnic backgrounds dwelt in a space between the church and the shop floor. Their vivid essays show Pentecostal miners preaching prosperity while seeking miracles in the depths of the earth, while aboveground black sharecroppers and white Protestants established credit unions to pursue a joint vision of cooperative capitalism.

Innovative and essential, The Pew and the Picket Line reframes venerable debates as it maps the dynamic contours of a landscape sculpted by the powerful forces of Christianity and capitalism.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Christopher D. Cantwell is an assistant professor of public history and religious studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

Heath W. Carter is an assistant professor of history at Valparaiso University. 

Janine Giordano Drake is an assistant professor of history at the University of Great Falls.

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