Chicago has long been a site of religious contact. From the Jesuit missionaries who first made contact with the region's native communities in the seventeenth century through the many ethnicities and nationalities that call the city home today, Chicago has in many ways been defined by its religious diversity. The documents here provide a comparative collection of Chicago's religious past. Covering the arrival of the Jesuits upon Potawatomi territory in the seventeenth century, the arrival of European immigrants in an American city throughout the nineteenth century, and the ongoing tensions that can emerge from the more recent arrival of Eastern religious traditions into a predominantly Christian communities, the collection unveils the many ways in which America's social, political, and religious history intersect and overlap.
Steve Young, Judi Cameron, Timothy Seitz, and Jessica Whitcomb, McHenry County Community College