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A six-hour history of religion and its role in American life,beginning in the 1600s, when Franciscan friars attempted to convert Pueblo Indians to Christianity, and ending in the present day.
Premiered: October 11, 2010
The final hour of God in America brings the series into the present day, exploring the religious and political aspirations of conservative evangelicals' moral crusade over divisive social issues like abortion and gay marriage.
Hour five explores the post-World War II era, when rising evangelist Billy Graham tried to inspire a religious revival that fused faith with patriotism in a Cold War battle with "Godless Communism."
During the 19th century, the forces of modernity challenged traditional faith and drove a wedge between liberal and conservative believers.
Hour three explores how religion suffused the Civil War. As slavery split the nation in two, Northern abolitionists and Southern slaveholders turned to the Bible to support their cause.