New book co-edited by Dr. Tully explores role of religion in US history


The University of Wisconsin Press published on June 18 its latest volume in its "Harvey Goldberg Series for Understanding and Teaching History.” New Britain resident Dr. John Day Tully, professor of History at Central Connecticut State University and interim associate vice president for Academic Affairs, serves as the series’ co-editor.

The new book, titled “Understanding and Teaching Religion in US History,” explores how religion is a significant feature of the American story, from early Native American beliefs and practices to European explorations of the New World, to the most recent presidential elections.

The Harvey Goldberg Series offers college and secondary history instructors a deeper understanding of the past and the tools to help them teach it creatively and effectively. Each volume focuses on a specific historical topic and offers a wealth of content and resources, providing concrete examples of how teachers can approach the subject in the classroom.

Two volumes have won the American Historical Association’s James Harvey Robinson Prize, and three have been the focus of podcast series by “Learning for Justice,” formerly “Teaching Tolerance.”

Dr. Tully was the founding director of the Harvey Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching at Ohio State University. He has coordinated many Teaching American History grants and has received the Connecticut State University System’s Board of Trustees Teaching Award and Central's Distinguished Service Award.