"God in America," a six-hour documentary about the history of religion in America, will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Monday, Oct. 11, at 9 p.m., and will air in three parts Oct. 11-13 at 9 each night.
The six-hour series examines: how religious dissidents helped shape the American concept of religious liberty and the controversial evolution of that ideal in the nation's courts and the political arena; how religious freedom and waves of new immigrants and religious revivals fueled competition in the religious marketplace; how movements for social reform--from abolition to civil rights--galvanized men and women to put their faith into political action; and how religious faith influenced conflicts from the American Revolution to the Cold War.
"The American story cannot be fully understood without understanding the country's religious history," executive producer Michael Sullivan said. "By examining that history, 'God in America' will offer viewers a fresh, revealing and challenging portrait of the country."
Interweaving documentary footage, historical dramatization and interviews with religious historians, "God in America" is narrated by actor Campbell Scott and includes appearances by actors Michael Emerson (as John Winthrop), Chris Sarandon (as Abraham Lincoln) and Keith David (as Frederick Douglas), among others.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit www.aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at www.aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).