The Myth of American Religious Freedom Paperback

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The Myth of American Religious Freedom

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In the battles over religion and politics in America, both liberals and conservatives often appeal to history. But in The Myth of American Religious Freedom, historian David Sehat provides an eye-opening history of religion in public life that overturns our most cherished myths. Originally, he shows, the First Amendment applied only to the federal government, which had limited authority. On the state level, a Protestant moral establishment ruled over Catholics, Jews, Mormons, agnostics, and others. Not until 1940 did the Supreme Court extend the First Amendment to the states. As the Court began to dismantle the connections between religion and government, religious conservatives mobilized to maintain their power and began the culture wars of the last fifty years. To trace the rise and fall of this Protestant establishment, Sehat focuses on a series of dissenters-abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, progressive pundit Walter Lippmann, and many others. Shattering myths held by both the left and the right, this book forces us to rethink some of our most deeply held political beliefs.

The Myth of American Religious Freedom by David Sehat was published by Oxford University Press Inc in November 2015. The ISBN for The Myth of American Religious Freedom is 9780190247218.

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Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherOxford University Press Inc (November 2015)
EditionUpdated Edition
Number of Pages368
Thickness25 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4342630
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