Although most American children enroll in a public school system, which focuses on secular subjects, religious denominations played a significant role in early American education. And many private schools today retain religious roots.
There were few schools in Colonial times. Children were educated at home to read the Christian Bible. That’s what early schools taught, too.
A new book, Faith + Freedom: Religion in the USA, examines links between religion and education in the United States, among other aspects of religious practice in the country.
These photographs from the book illustrate America’s religious heritage.
To learn more, download the free PDF.
Photo editing done by Linda Epstein.