Since the days when the Puritan “city on a hill” beckoned on the horizon of the New World, religious faith and belief have forged America’s ideals, molded its identity and shaped its sense of mission at home and abroad. New from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and FRONTLINE,
God in America explores the tumultuous 400-year history of the intersection of religion and public life in America, from the first European settlements to the 2008 presidential election. The six-hour series airs
Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 11-13 from 8-10 p.m.
Interweaving documentary footage, historical dramatization and interviews with religious historians, this first-of-its-kind series examines the concept of religious liberty and the controversial evolution of that ideal in the nation’s courts and political arena. Through competition in the religious marketplace, movements of social reform, and the galvanization of politics through various faiths, the series reveals the deep roots of American religious identity in the universal quest for liberty and individualism—a quest that has made America the most religiously diverse nation on earth.
Narrated by actor Campbell Scott, the series includes appearances by actors Michael Emerson (as John Winthrop), Chris Sarandon (as Abraham Lincoln) and Keith David (as Frederick Douglass), among others.