Book cover showing illustration of large figure in red jacket surrounded by followers with their hands raised.

American Cult: A Graphic History of Religious Cults in America from the Colonial Era to Today

by Robyn Chapman Editor

Across the decades, Americans in search of divine truths have turned to unconventional prophets for the answers, sometimes at the expense of their faith, fortunes, and even their very lives. From its earliest days, America was a home for spiritual seekers from a Transylvanian monk and his forty followers in 1694 to free love vegetarians in the 1960's and 70's and the self-help get-rich-quick gurus of the 21st century.  In American Cult, over 20 cartoonists explore the history of these groups with clarity and empathy and dig deep to find the human stories within.