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American gospel : God, the founding fathers, and the making of a nation

Author: Jon Meacham
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Random House trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Author Meacham tells the human story of how the Founding Fathers viewed faith, and how they ultimately created a nation in which belief in God is a matter of choice. At a time when our country seems divided by extremism, this book draws on the past to offer a new perspective. Meacham re-creates the history of a nation grappling with religion and politics--from John Winthrop's "city on a hill" sermon to Thomas  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jon Meacham
ISBN: 9780812976663 0812976665
OCLC Number: 86071897
Notes: "A Random House trade paperback"--Page 4 of cover.
Description: xii, 421 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: "A Random House trade paperback" --
P. 4 of cover. Contents: God and Mammon. Fortune, fear, and the first colonies --
And none shall be afraid. The Revolution, the Constitution, and the creation of the Presidency --
Let us die to make men free. The Civil War, Lincoln, and Darwin --
Imperfect though we are. Wars against the Great Depression, Totalitarianism, and Jim Crow --
The fight was on! The martyrdom of Dr. King, the rise of a new right, and Reagan's delicate balance --
Our hope for years to come. History, religion, and common sense --
Appendix A: In their own words: Selected documents on religion in America. English translation of prayer for peace of congregation Shearith Israel during the Revolution, New York City --
Jefferson's Virginia statute for religious freedom --
Madison's memorial and remonstrance against religious assessments --
Washington's letter to the Hebrew congregation at Newport --
Washington's farewell address --
Treaty of peace and friendship between the United States and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary --
Correspondence between the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut and President Thomas Jefferson, October 1801- January 1802 --
Rabbi Max Lilienthal on "God, Religion, and Our American Constitution," December 1870 --
Robert Ingersoll's definition of secularism --
Appendix B: Scripture and State: The Presidents' choice of inaugural Bible verses.
Responsibility: Jon Meacham ; [with a new afterword by the author].

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Author Meacham tells the human story of how the Founding Fathers viewed faith, and how they ultimately created a nation in which belief in God is a matter of choice. At a time when our country seems divided by extremism, this book draws on the past to offer a new perspective. Meacham re-creates the history of a nation grappling with religion and politics--from John Winthrop's "city on a hill" sermon to Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence; from a proposed nineteenth-century Christian Amendment to the Constitution to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s call for civil rights; from George Washington to Ronald Reagan. At the heart of the American experiment lies what Benjamin Franklin called "public religion," a God who invests all human beings with inalienable rights while protecting private religion from government interference. It is a great American balancing act, and it has served us well.--From publisher description.

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