Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism

Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism

Susan Jacoby

"Jacoby accomplishes her activity with readability, thoroughness, and a fascinating passion."
-Los Angeles instances ebook Review

At a time whilst the separation of church and kingdom is less than assault as by no means earlier than, Freethinkers deals a strong protection of the secularist historical past that gave americans the 1st executive on this planet based no longer at the authority of faith yet at the bedrock of human cause. In impassioned, dependent prose, celebrated writer Susan Jacoby strains greater than 200 years of secularist activism, starting with the fierce debate over the omission of God from the structure. relocating from nineteenth-century abolitionism and suffragism throughout the 20th century's civil liberties, civil rights, and feminist routine, Freethinkers illuminates the missed achievements of secularists who, allied with tolerant believers, have led the conflict for reform long ago and today.

Rich with such iconic figures as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Paine, and the once-famous Robert eco-friendly Ingersoll, Freethinkers restores to heritage the passionate humanists who struggled opposed to those that may undermine the combo of secular executive and non secular liberty that's the glory of the yankee system.

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