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Myth of American Religious Freedom (Updated) (Paperback) (David Sehat)

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In the battles over religion and politics in America, both liberals and conservatives often appeal to history. But inThe 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.
In the battles over religion and politics in America, both liberals and conservatives often appeal to history. InThe 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. Featuring a new and updated preface and postscript,The Myth of American Religious Freedom shattersmyths held by both the left and the right, forcing us to rethink some of our most deeply held political beliefs.
Edition: Updated
Number of Pages: 366
Genre: Religion + Beliefs, History
Sub-Genre: United States / General, Religion + Politics + State
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Author: David Sehat
Language: English
Street Date: November 1, 2015
TCIN: 46766918
UPC: 9780190247218
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-8109
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