Uncivil Religion: A Collaborative Effort to Understand January 6, 2021

Historians in the News
tags: Republican Party, religious history, evangelicals, insurrection, Capitol Riots, January 6 Commission

Uncivil Religion is a Collaborative Digital Project Between the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Religious symbols, rituals, identities, banners, signs, and sounds suffused the events surrounding the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. This project begins to trace the thread of religion that wound throughout that day through pieces of digital media. It does this in two ways. First, there is a collection of essays that analyze individual pieces of media from January 6 in order to explain the role religion played that day. Second, there is a series of galleries that contain pieces of media that represent the variety of ways religion "showed up" on January 6. This project is illustrative and not exhaustive. There is so much more to be found, said, and documented about the role of religion on January 6 and this project will continue to grow.


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