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Freethinkers : a history of American secularism / Susan Jacoby
Bib ID 3091874
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
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Jacoby, Susan, 1945-
 
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Description New York : Metropolitan Books, 2004 
417 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 0805074422
Summary

"Susan Jacoby offers a powerful defense of 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 accomplishments of secularists who, allied with liberal and tolerant religious believers, have stood at the forefront of the battle for social reforms opposed by reactionaries in the past and today.".

"Rich with such iconic figures as Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Clarence Darrow - as well as once-famous secularists such as Robert Green Ingersoll, "the Great Agnostic" - Freethinkers restores to history generations of dedicated humanist champions. It is they, Jacoby shows, who have led the struggle to uphold the unique combination of secular government and religious liberty that is and always has been the glory of the American system."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • 1. Revolutionary Secularism
  • 2. The Age of Reason and Unreason
  • 3. Lost Connections: Anticlericalism, Abolitionism, and Feminism
  • 4. The Belief and Unbelief of Abraham Lincoln
  • 5. Evolution and Its Discontents
  • 6. The Great Agnostic and the Golden Age of Freethought
  • 7. Dawn of the Culture Wars
  • 8. Unholy Trinity: Atheists, Reds, Darwinists
  • 9. Onward, Christian Soldiers
  • 10. The Best Years of Our Lives
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 389-397) and index.

Subjects Secularism -- United States -- History.  |  Freethinkers -- United States -- History.

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