ATC Introduction.

Momentarily forgetting the leadership of Henry Steele Commage of
Amherst and Vernon Louis Parrington of the University of Wahington, in
order to gain an initial definition and overall concept of the “History of
American Thought” or “American Studies” which combines the study of
history, literature, phissophy, government, politcal science, and religion--
everything American in America thought and character, it might be wise
to start with another leader, Merle Curti, who wrote THE GROWTH OF
AMERICAN THOUGHT.  From Wikipedia comes the following:
“Merle Eugene Curti (1897–1997) was a leading American historian. He
taught a large number of PhD students at the University of Wisconsin,
and was a leader in developing the fields of social history and
intellectual history. As a "Progressive" historian he was deeply
committed to democracy, and to the Turnerian thesis that social and
economic forces shape American life, thought and character. He was a
pioneer in peace studies, intellectual history and social history—and
helped develop Quantitative History as a tool in historical research.”
Curti is introduced online with the words:  “In 1944, Curti won the
Pulitzer Prize in history for his masterwork, The Growth of American
Thought. Its chapters show an encyclopedic knowledge of thinkers ...”

1-1:  Something else online to indicate the nature of ATC is called
“The Timeline of American Thought” as follows--

Native American Thought
Colonial Religion and Politics
The Puritans
The Enlightenment and Great Awakening
Revolution and Independence
The Early Republic
Scottish Realism
Transcendentalism and Second Great Awakening
Abolitionism and the Civil War
Industrialization and Evolution
Theological Liberalism and Conservatism
Social Scientists and Social Critics
Evolutionary Philosophers

Realism, Naturalism, and Process
Analytic Philosophy
Moral and Political Theory

1-2:  The ATC outline will be far more practical and simple, of
course geared for Christians who believe in the Bible.

Granted this broad outline seems too phisophical to be pratical, even
beyond the simple intellectual honesy {Elton Treblood} of Christian
faith.  You will find the general outline of this series far smaller and less
complex; built primarily on the outline of a Baylor correspondence
course in 1965-67 and with the textbooks of Merle Curti, Gabriel,
Parrington.  We make selective contributions from Commager,
Persons, and Trueblood in both the PHILOSOPH OF RELIGION and
  Remember this is a look at the History of American Thought from the
perspective of a lifetime practicing Christian, a pastor, and assitant
professor of electronics, and an Engineer.  Also from one with
extensive training and experience in Bible as well as physics.  Unique,
yes, it is indeed to provide a unique need for Christians all over the
world.  A good starting place, a need I noticed in Algeria as my students
were shocked to hear of the contributions of the Bible and Christianity
to the American Democratic Faith.  Therefore, this on American
Thought for Christians must be the starting point, the difference
between the Christian Faith and the American Democratic Faith.