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Union Made: Working People and the Rise of Social Christianity in Chicago (Oxford University Press, 2015)

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Advance Praise:

“At the height of the industrial age, working-class Chicago buzzed with talk and action about a progressive Christianity based on the Golden Rule. Heath Carter’s Union Made is a brilliantly researched, vividly written, and unfailingly wise work of history that transforms our conception of the Social Gospel.”—Michael Kazin, author of American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation

“Heath Carter’s Union Made is a powerful and important book.  It persuasively documents the working class origins of Social Christianity among Protestant and Catholics alike.  It also makes clear that the decline of this Social Gospel tradition has left us increasingly vulnerable to the conscienceless capitalism of our own time.  Reading it reminds us of what we have lost.”—Jackson Lears, author of Rebirth of a Nation:  the Making of Modern America, 1877-1920

“No mere opiate or tool of oppression, working-class faith emerges from the pages of this extraordinary book as the generative force that made the nineteenth-century social gospel viable. Social Christianity made resistance against industrial capitalism and its barons a possible and necessary thing. Combining the finest qualities of classic social, urban, and labor histories with the curiosities of our scholarly (and political) moment, Union Made is a sharp, much-needed reminder that American Christianity has not always been free-market in persuasion or comfortable on the corporate side. Beautifully crafted, it is also a stirring must-read.”—Darren Dochuk, author of From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism

Union Made provides an amazing history of the battle between elite religious leaders and workers and their pastors to define the meaning of Christianity in society. Set in Chicago… Carter’s deep research allows the words from pastors and labor leaders from across the city to come alive. If you care about the intersection of faith and labor, the development of the social gospel, or labor history in Chicago, this is a must read.” –Kim Bobo, Founding Director, Interfaith Worker Justice

The Pew and the Picket Line: Christianity and the American Working Class  (University of Illinois Press, 2016)
– co-edited with Drs. Christopher D. Cantwell and Janine Giordano Drake

Advance Praise:

9780252081484“This is a terrific collection. In treating the religious commitments of American working people seriously, it offers a more holistic perspective of these men and women that reflects their very humanity.” –Nick Salvatore, author of Eugene V. Debs: Citizen and Socialist

“Fully attentive to the historical scholarship and political theory upon which the volume’s scholarship builds, Cantwell, Carter, and Drake also take the necessary steps in their historiographical introduction to reopen all questions about how work, race, gender, ethnicity, region, and religion have intersected in the American past, and to suggest provocative new ones. The richly textured historical case studies that follow more than fulfill the agenda the editors set. This is a superb work of collective history by some of the most creative younger historians working on the subject today.”–Robert Orsi, author of The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880–1950

“The coeditors have assembled a tremendous and diverse team for this volume. Each essay is by itself a significant contribution, and some provide brilliant and pioneering analysis and the introduction is definitely the best historiographical overview, survey, and analysis of scholarship in the field that I have ever read. It sets the standard for the next generation of scholarship.”–Paul Harvey, coauthor of The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America

“Navigating a wide spectrum of time and workspaces, racial and ethnic expressions, and blue-collar gospels, this brilliantly conceived and superbly executed volume demands that historians shift their gaze from the much examined corporate to under-scrutinized labor side of modern American Christianity and capitalism. Fifty years after its delivery, Herbert Gutman’s plea for historians to take seriously the authentic and empowering qualities of working-class belief has finally been addressed, head on, with critical empathy and care, in an accessible manner. This is a timely and significant scholarly intervention.” –Darren Dochuk, author of From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism

Turning Points in the History of American Evangelicalism (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2017)
– co-edited with Dr. Laura Rominger Porter

Advance Praise:

resizeimagehandler“These well-crafted essays by distinguished authorities with diverse perspectives will
fascinate both students of history and evangelicals themselves.”– Daniel Walker Howe, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of What Hath God Wrought

“This book sparkles with insight. Eminently readable and carefully curated, it is a significant contribution to the study of American evangelicalism.” –Kate Bowler, author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel

“Many of us who pursue an intellectual vocation stand on the mighty scholarly shoulders of Mark Noll. In Turning Points in the History of American Evangelicalism Heath Carter and Laura Rominger Porter have brought together an impressive cast of historians to commemorate Noll’s magnificent career.”– John Fea, Messiah College

“This is a great collection of essays by an all-star cast of scholars working on American religion. It is fascinating reading that will serve as a benchmark in the study of evangelicals for many years to come.” — Douglas A. Sweeney, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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