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The great agnostic : Robert Ingersoll and American freethought

Author: Susan Jacoby
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   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: Biografieën (vorm)
Biography
Named Person: Robert Green Ingersoll; Robert G 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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During the Gilded Age, which saw the dawn of America's enduring culture wars, Robert Green Ingersoll was known as "the Great Agnostic". In this biography, the author restores Ingersoll to his  Read more...

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Won Honorable Mention in the 2013 Great Midwest Book Festival for the Biography/Autobiography category, given by JM Northern Media LLC--Great Midwest Book Festival"JM Northern Media LLC" (11/04/2013)

 
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