David Edwin Harrell

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David Edwin Harrell Jr. is an American historian who is best known for his scholarship of Religion in the United States. He is a Professor Emeritus at Auburn University, where he served as the Breeden Eminent Scholar of Southern History[1] and retired in 2006.[2] He has written biographies of Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, and Homer Hailey, as well as other works about Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movement.[3] In 2006, he published Unto a Good Land: A History of the American People, a college textbook that discusses the effects of religion in the history of the United States.[2]

Harrell attended David Lipscomb College as an undergraduate, and Vanderbilt University as a graduate student. He received a Ph.D. in 1962.[4]


  1. ^ McCoy, Janet (November 9, 1991). "Religious persecution". TimesDaily. Retrieved December 6, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Garrison, Greg (March 18, 2006). "Textbook places an emphasis on faith". TimesDaily. Retrieved December 6, 2011.
  3. ^ Banks, Adelle (July 9, 2010). "Biographer takes close look at many sides of Pat Robertson". The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved December 6, 2011.
  4. ^ "Ed Harrell". Former Professors. Auburn University Department of History. Retrieved June 2, 2015.