The First Prejudice

The First Prejudice

Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early America

Book - 2011
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Spanning more than two centuries across colonial British America and the United States, this book offers an exploration of the early history of persecution and toleration. 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. 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 book 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 book opens a new vista on the understanding of America's long experience with diversity
Publisher: Philadelphia ; Oxford : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780812242706
Characteristics: vi, 401 p. ; 24 cm


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