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Freethinkers A History of American Secularism

ISBN-10: 0805077766
ISBN-13: 9780805077766
Edition: 2004
Authors: Susan Jacoby
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 1/7/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

"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.

Introduction
Revolutionary Secularism
The Age of Reason and Unreason
Lost Connections: Anticlericalism, Abolitionism, and Feminism
The Belief and Unbelief of Abraham Lincoln
Evolution and Its Discontents
The Great Agnostic and the Golden Age of Freethought
Dawn of the Culture Wars
Unholy Trinity: Atheists, Reds, Darwinists
Onward, Christian Soldiers
The Best Years of Our Lives
Culture Wars Redux
Reason Embattled
Robert Ingersoll's Eulogy for Walt Whitman, March 30, 1892
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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