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Secularists, Religion and Government in Nineteenth-Century America

Authors: Verhoeven, Timothy

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  • Presents a history of grassroots mobilizations in favor of a clearer division between religion and government
  • Explores the complex alliances between various secularist campaigners, including religious skeptics, liberal Protestants, people of minority faiths, white supremacists and labor reformers
  • Brings together case studies of church-state conflicts from the early Republic to the Progressive era
  • Appeals to scholars and students of nineteenth-century American history, religious history, legal history and modern church-state conflicts
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This book shows how, through a series of fierce battles over Sabbath laws, legislative chaplains, Bible-reading in public schools and other flashpoints, nineteenth-century secularists mounted a powerful case for a separation of religion and government. Among their diverse ranks were religious skeptics, liberal Protestants, members of minority faiths, labor reformers and defenders of slavery. Drawing on popular petitions to Congress, a neglected historical source, the book explores how this secularist mobilization gathered energy at the grassroots level. 
The nineteenth century is usually seen as the golden age of an informal Protestant establishment. Timothy Verhoeven demonstrates that, far from being crushed by an evangelical juggernaut, secularists harnessed a range of cultural forces—the legacy of the Revolutionary founders, hostility to Catholicism, a belief in national exceptionalism and more—to argue that the United States was not a Christian nation, branding their opponents as fanatics who threatened both democratic liberties as well as true religion. 

About the authors

Timothy Verhoeven is Senior Lecturer in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University, Australia. He is the author of Transatlantic Anti-Catholicism: France and the United States in the Nineteenth Century (Palgrave, 2010) as well as many articles on the history of church-state relations.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Verhoeven, Timothy

    Pages 1-18

  • “Stepping Stone to an Establishment”: The 1785 Campaign Against the Religious Tax in Virginia

    Verhoeven, Timothy

    Pages 19-32

  • “Prostrating Our Rights on the Altar of Superstition and Bigotry”: The Sunday Mail Controversy in the Early Republic

    Verhoeven, Timothy

    Pages 33-62

  • “Exposing Priestcraft and All Its Cognate -isms”: Chaplains, Temperance and Sunday Travel

    Verhoeven, Timothy

    Pages 63-92

  • “God’s Vice-Regents”: Political Preachers and the Crisis Over Slavery

    Verhoeven, Timothy

    Pages 93-119

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-02877-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-02876-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Secularists, Religion and Government in Nineteenth-Century America
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-02877-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-02877-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-02876-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 286
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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