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Lauren R. Kerby

Saving History

How White Evangelicals Tour the Nation’s Capital and Redeem a Christian America

University of North Carolina Press 2020

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Millions of tourists visit Washington D.C. every year, vying to see its landscape, museums, and buildings and learn about seminal moments in US history....

Millions of tourists visit Washington D.C. every year, vying to see its landscape, museums, and buildings and learn about seminal moments in US history. Attracting white evangelicals to the nation’s capital, Christian heritage tours contribute to the thriving tourist industry in D.C. In Saving History: How White Evangelicals Tour the Nation’s Capital and Redeem a Christian America (University of North Carolina Press, 2020), Lauren R. Kerby examines how white evangelicals perceive themselves and their role in American life through an analysis of the narratives told by Christian heritage tours. A rich ethnographic study that transports the reader to Washington D.C., Saving History offers a unique analysis of Christian heritage, white evangelical identity, and the role of evangelicals in American society.

Lauren R. Kerby is lecturer on religious studies and education specialist of the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School.


Lindsey Jackson is a PhD student at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.