The First Prejudice Hardback

Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early America

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The First Prejudice

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In many ways, religion was the United States' first prejudice-both an early source of bigotry and the object of the first sustained efforts to limit its effects. Spanning more than two centuries across colonial British America and the United States, The First Prejudice offers a groundbreaking exploration of the early history of persecution and toleration. The twelve essays in this volume were composed by leading historians with an eye to the larger significance of religious tolerance and intolerance. Individual chapters examine the prosecution of religious crimes, the biblical sources of tolerance and intolerance, the British imperial context of toleration, the bounds of Native American spiritual independence, the nuances of anti-Semitism and anti-Catholicism, the resilience of African American faiths, and the challenges confronted by skeptics and freethinkers. The First Prejudice presents a revealing portrait of the rhetoric, regulations, and customs that shaped the relationships between people of different faiths in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century America.It relates changes in law and language to the lived experience of religious conflict and religious cooperation, highlighting the crucial ways in which they molded U.S. culture and politics. By incorporating a broad range of groups and religious differences in its accounts of tolerance and intolerance, The First Prejudice opens a significant new vista on the understanding of America's long experience with diversity.

The First Prejudice was published by University of Pennsylvania Press in November 2010 and is our 54750th best seller. The ISBN for The First Prejudice is 9780812242706.

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Details for The First Prejudice

Page last updated 4th May 2017
Book FormatHardback
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press (November 2010)
Number of Pages408
Thickness30 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code3952959
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