Historian receives grant to examine 'Bible Wars'

by Carol C. Bradley

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Linda Przybyszewski, associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected as one of the first recipients of the National Endowment for the Humanities new Public Scholar Grant Program, which aims to bring the humanities to larger audiences and make scholarship relevant to contemporary life.

One of 36 academic nonfiction projects to receive funding in 2015, her forthcoming book will tell the story of the Cincinnati Board of Education’s decision to stop Bible reading in public schools and the ensuing court battles that riveted the nation in the late 1860s and early 1870s. Przybyszewski will tell the story through the eyes and experiences of many of the participants — complicated people grappling with complex issues as they faced their own questions of faith.

Przybyszewski’s most recent book, “The Lost Art of Dress,” put out by Basic Books in 2014, was a New York Times bestseller. It recounts explains how Americans learned — and forgot — how to dress in the modern age.