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Freethinkers: A History Of American Secularism (Paperback)

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    Susan Jacoby is the author of five books including Wild Justice, a Pulitzer Prize finalist. A contributor toThe Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsday, and Vogue, she lives in New York City.

    "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.


    Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
    ISBN 9780805077766
    Genre HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
    Format Paperback
    Pages 417
    Publisher Date 2005-01-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Henry Holt & Co
    Copyright Year 2004
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 0.5 in
    Unit weight 0.85 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle A History Of American Secularism
    Edition Number 2
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Jacoby, Susan

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