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.
Religious life in the United States is robust. See how Americans worship, live and work together in Faith+ Freedom: Religion in the USA.
View and download the PDF here (20 MB).
Photo editing done by Linda Epstein.
Banner image: Boston Latin School is the oldest publicly funded school in America. It still graduates students today. (© Michael Fein/Bloomberg/Getty Images)