History of American Religion, 1770-1930
CitationGurrentz, B. (2020, March 4). History of American Religion, 1770-1930.
SummaryThe History of American Religion, 1770-1930 dataset allows users to examine historical change in religious and social measures in the United States from 1770 to 1930 using state-level historical data. Through the aid of U.S. Censuses, ICPSR, the American Presidency Project, and prominent religion scholars like Roger Finke and Rodney Stark, the file includes more than 290 historical variables that measure the religious adherence rates, population estimates, voting behavior, employment, and other social indicators over time.
Data FileCases: 50
Weight Variable: None
Collection ProceduresFor in-depth information on historical data collection and measurement, please note the citation information on variable labels and consult the reference list of sources below:
Department of Commerce and Labor, Bureau of the Census. Census of Religious Bodies, 1926, Part I: Summary and Detailed Tables. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1930.
Finke, Roger and Rodney Stark. 1986. "Turning Pews into People: Estimating 19th Century Church Membership." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 25 (2): 180-192.
Haines, Michael R., and Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. Historical, Demographic, Economic, and Social Data: The United States, 1790-2002. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-05-21. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02896.v3
Stark, Rodney. America 1920-1980. MicroCase Corporation.
Stark, Rodney and Roger Finke. 1988. "American Religion in 1776: A Statistical Portrait." Sociological Analysis 49 (1): 39-51.
Statistical Abstracts of the United States, Series. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 8/12/19 from: https://www.census.gov/library/publications/time-series/statistical_abstracts.html
Woolley, John T. 1999. The American Presidency Project. Santa Barbara, Calif.: University of California. Web Source. Retrieved 4/5/19 from: https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/index.php