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Religion in the New World is a fresh and novel history that provides specific background on the religious life and thought of those traditions-Reformed, Puritan, Roman Catholic, Native, Restorationist-that proved most decisive for American religious development. This book also discusses the American public religious tradition and revivalism and treats extensively indigenous American figures and movements that are usually ignored, including women, Native Americans, the Mormons, and Asian, African, and Islamic traditions. It is delivered in a history-of-religions approach that introduces categories of myth, legend, ritual, and symbol and requires no prior background in religious history.