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Author Sehat, David

Title The myth of American religious freedom / David Sehat

Publ Info Oxford [UK] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011
 CCRI-Prov.  BR516 .S43 2011    AVAILABLE
 PC  BR516 .S43 2011    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  BR516 .S43 2011    AVAILABLE
 Salve Main Collection  BR516 .S43 2011    AVAILABLE
 URI  BR516 S43 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript viii, 356 pages ; 25 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [297]-342) and index
Contents Contested liberties -- A godless establishment? -- The moral establishment -- The moral purpose of slavery and abolition -- Moral reproduction and the family -- Morals, citizenship, and segregation -- Women's rights, woman's individuality, and the Bible -- Religion, morals, and law -- A conflict of authorities -- Liberal and conservative moral visions -- The liberal moment -- A moral majority? -- Conclusion: Moral maximalism and religious control
Note In this new and compelling examination of American religious history, Sehat argues that this country did not extend freedom of religion to all, but until recently was controlled by a Protestant Christian establishment that sought to impose its will in coercive and often exclusionary ways. An assistant professor of history at Georgia State University, Sehat shows how state and federal courts sided with the Protestant moral establishment in battles with Roman Catholics over public schools, with Mormons over polygamy, and with freethinkers over the right to be irreligious. This argument might surprise 21st-century Americans convinced their country has always been a beacon of religious liberty, but it is precisely this flaw in the national religious image that Sehat attempts to illuminate
LC subject Freedom of religion -- United States -- History
Christian ethics -- United States -- History
United States -- Church history
ISBN 9780195388763 (hbk.)
0195388763 (hbk.)