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The great agnostic : Robert Ingersoll and American freethought

Author: Susan Jacoby
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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During the Gilded Age, Ingersoll raised his voice on behalf of Enlightenment reason, secularism, and the separation of church and state with a vigor unmatched since America's revolutionary generation. Jacoby restores Ingersoll to his rightful place in an American intellectual tradition, as a public figure who devoted his life to liberty of conscience belonging to the religious and nonreligious alike.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biografieën (vorm)
Named Person: Robert Green Ingersoll; Robert G Ingersoll; Robert Green Ingersoll; Robert Green Ingersoll
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Jacoby
ISBN: 9780300137255 0300137257 9780300205787 0300205783
OCLC Number: 785864725
Description: ix, 246 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The making of an iconoclast --
The political insider and the religious outsider --
Champion of science --
The humanistic freethinker --
Church and state --
Reason and passion --
Death and afterlife.
Responsibility: Susan Jacoby.

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"A must-read book." -Bill Moyers, from "Moyers & Co" interview -- Bill Moyers Moyers & Co. "Jacoby succeeds in capturing Ingersoll's remarkable appeal across sectarian and political boundaries. His Read more...

 
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