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Beth Schweiger

  • Associate Professor
  • 19c US Social/Cultural, US Religion

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Professor Schweiger (PhD, University of Virginia, 1994) came to the University of Arkansas in 2000. She is a social and cultural historian of early America, particularly of the South. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the history of the early American republic, antebellum America, the history of religion in early America, and the history of the book in early America. Her first book was a social history of religion in the nineteenth-century South, and she is completing a study of reading and writing in the antebellum South. She has supervised doctoral work on Louisiana creoles of color, slave catechisms, dueling, Indians and Africans in early Louisiana, Protestants and medicine, reading in Indian revitalization movements, visual culture in the nineteenth century, ritual in secret societies, and twentieth-century protest song.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)




  • Religion in the American South: Protestants and Others in History and Culture. ed. with Donald G. Mathews. University of North Carolina Press, 2004.
  • The Gospel Working Up: Progress and the Pulpit in Nineteenth-Century Virginia. Oxford University Press, 2000.

Courses Taught

  • Religion in America
  • 19th Century America