The Complete Guide to Historical Religion in America

Throughout its history, America has witnessed the flourishing of many religions. Presently, it is one of the most religiously diverse and liberal countries in the world. The most popular religion in the United States is Christianity, which was introduced by European settlers after the founding of North America. It is now the religion for about 75% of the total population. Other main religions in the country include Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, and others. Here is a list of websites that contain more information about the history of religion in America.

The 17th and 18th Centuries

Native American Religion


  • Puritans in the New World: A document that provides information on puritans in the New World as well as The Mayflower Compact.

Salem Witchcraft

The Church of England in Early America

Religion, Women, and the Family

The 19th Century

  • Legacy of Transcendentalism: Article that explains how transcendentalism influenced religious and philosophical ideas in the 19th century.

African American Religion


  • Evangelicalism in America: An excellent account of the evangelical reform that took place in America during the early 19th century.


  • Mormonism History Database: This database contains numerous articles, theses, and other materials related to the history of Mormonism.

Roman Catholics

The 20th Century

Religious Liberalism and the Modern Crisis of Faith


The American Jewish Experience