Lectures on Religion and the Founding of the American Republic: [Chapter 11] Routing the Republic: Religion and the American West

Lectures on Religion and the Founding of the American Republic: [Chapter 11] Routing the Republic: Religion and the American West

Author Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp

We all have images in our minds of the American West, be they the paintings of Frederick Remington, images of handcarts and covered wagons, or the natural geography of water-parched landscapes. In this lecture I want to highlight some important and lasting features of religious life in the early republic as settlers moved westward by using another kind of representation: maps and charts. I have been working on these graphics since I began doing work on religion in the West and began to understand the importance of maps to explorers and missionaries who were discovering the West for themselves in the nineteenth century.