Bible in America
Introduced to the Americas by generations of immigrants, the Bible has had a profound impact on American history, culture and politics. Over time, the Bible helped inspire the country’s ideas about democracy and the belief that religious liberty was essential for its success. It influenced many national debates, including the abolition of slavery and campaigns for civil rights. Frequently, people on opposing sides of an issue appealed to the Bible to support their cause. Today, the impact of the Bible still resonates throughout American culture. Its influence is deeply rooted in our society as well as in the quiet habits of everyday life for many Americans.
Themes within the Exhibition
"It gives a straightforward account of American history, from the first colonists to the civil rights era and beyond, through the prism of the Bible, but in a way that many visitors will probably find … compelling and accessible."
Philip Kennicott, Art and Architecture Critic, November 15, 2017, The Washington Post