In this lively and engaging new history, Granquist brings to light not only the varied and fascinating institutions that Lutherans founded and sustained but the people that lived within them. The result is a generous, human history that tells a complete story—not only about politics and policies but also the piety and the practical experiences of the Lutheran men and women who lived and worked in the American context.
Bringing the story all the way to the present day and complemented with new charts, maps, images, and sidebars, Granquist ably covers the full range of Lutheran expressions, bringing order and clarity to a complex and vibrant tradition.
- Publisher Fortress Press
- Format Paperback
- ISBN 9781451472288
- eBook ISBN 9781451494297
- Dimensions 6 x 9
- Pages 375
- Publication Date January 1, 2015
1. The European Background to American Lutheranism
2. Beginnings, 1619–1720
3. Early Colonial Developments, 1720–1748
4. Establishment of Eastern Lutheranism, 1748–1781
5. Lutherans in a New Nation, 1781–1820
6. Expansion and Conflict, 1820–1855
7. Mass Immigration, 1855–1888
8. Structuring an American Lutheranism, 1888–1918
9. Becoming Americans, 1918–1940
10. Lutherans in War and Peace, 1940–1965
11. Turmoil, Change, and Consolidation, 1965–1988
12. Uncertain Present, Uneasy Future, 1988–2013
Table of Acronyms
"An immensely interesting, comprehensive, and necessary update of American Lutheran history. A good deal of its interesting quality has to do with Granquist’s new interpretative lens—more sober and critical than earlier histories—and with his inclusion of an excursus after each chapter dealing with the ordinary, daily lives of Lutherans in the period under discussion."
Emeritus, Roanoke College
"Mark Granquist adds texture to previous general histories of American Lutheranism by giving recurring attention to matters of worship, participation by African Americans, and institutional ministries. He places Lutheran developments in their American cultural context and provides instructive statistics. His extension of the narrative into the twenty-first century is both bold and valuable. Granquist offers an honest, if sometimes provocative, account that will spark debate and shape future evaluation of recent events."
—L. DeAne Lagerquist
St. Olaf College
"Finally—a long-overdue revision and updating of the Lutheran experience in the United States! Deftly blending broad generalization with necessary, specific, and differentiating detail, Granquist has crafted a lively and engaging narrative that will be the standard for scholars, students, and curious lay persons for years to come!"
—James W. Albers
Emeritus, Valparaiso University
Reviews & Awards
Review in Word and World
Review in Lutheran Quarterly
Review in Church History
Review in Concordia Journal
Review in the Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly
This book has been awarded the Biglerville Prize from the Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic–a prize that is awarded every 3 years for the best book in American Lutheran history.
This book was also given an Award of Commendation from the Concordia Historical Institute in St. Louis.