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By David Sehat

Within the battles over faith and politics in the United States, either liberals and conservatives frequently attract historical past. yet in The fable of yankee non secular Freedom, historian David Sehat offers an eye-opening heritage of faith in public existence that overturns our such a lot loved myths. initially, he exhibits, the 1st modification utilized merely to the government, which had restricted authority. at the country point, a Protestant ethical institution governed over Catholics, Jews, Mormons, agnostics, and others. no longer till 1940 did the excellent court docket expand the 1st modification to the states. because the court docket started to dismantle the connections among faith and executive, non secular conservatives mobilized to keep up their strength and started the tradition wars of the final fifty years. to track the increase and fall of this Protestant institution, Sehat specializes in a sequence of dissenters-abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, innovative pundit Walter Lippmann, and so forth. Shattering myths held via either the left and the appropriate, this ebook forces us to reconsider a few of our so much deeply held political beliefs.

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