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Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism - Susan Jacoby
Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism
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"Jacoby accomplishes her task with clarity, thoroughness, and an engaging passion." -Los Angeles Times Book Review At a time when the separation of church and state is under attack as never before, Freethinkers offers a powerful defense of the secularist heritage that gave Americans the first... show more
"Jacoby accomplishes her task with clarity, thoroughness, and an engaging passion." -Los Angeles Times Book Review At a time when the separation of church and state is under attack as never before, Freethinkers offers a powerful defense of the secularist heritage that gave Americans the first government in the world founded not on the authority of religion but on the bedrock of human reason. In impassioned, elegant prose, celebrated author Susan Jacoby traces more than two hundred years of secularist activism, beginning with the fierce debate over the omission of God from the Constitution. Moving from nineteenth-century abolitionism and suffragism through the twentieth century's civil liberties, civil rights, and feminist movements, Freethinkers illuminates the neglected achievements of secularists who, allied with tolerant believers, have led the battle for reform in the past and today.Rich with such iconic figures as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Paine, and the once-famous Robert Green Ingersoll, Freethinkers restores to history the passionate humanists who struggled against those who would undermine the combination of secular government and religious liberty that is the glory of the American system.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780805077766 (0805077766)
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
Pages no: 370
Edition language: English
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DanAllosso
DanAllosso rated it
5.0 Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism
There's a LOT of good material in this for freethinkers interested in our history. And, more important for a popular history, this is a good explanation of why secularism is vital to the survival of the nation established in North America in 1787. But there's a very substantial lack of coverage of...
Maven Books
Maven Books rated it
4.0 Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism by Susan Jacoby
An interesting look at the history of freethinkers or secularists throughout American history. Somewhat bothersome information about religion's role as well, especially with current issues. Waned a bit as it got toward modern times, but a decent read all the same.
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