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Wellspring of liberty : how Virginia's religious dissenters helped win the American Revolution and secured religious liberty

Author: John A Ragosta
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2010.
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"Historians and the Supreme Court have repeatedly noted that the foundation of the First Amendment's protection of religious liberty lies in Virginia's struggle, turning primarily to Jefferson and Madison to understand this. In Wellspring of Liberty, John A. Ragosta argues that Virginia's religious dissenters played a seminal and previously underappreciated role in the development of the First Amendment and in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John A Ragosta
ISBN: 9780195388060 0195388062
OCLC Number: 430344531
Description: viii, 261 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Virginians dissent --
Pleading for reform and demanding freedom --
British plans for success --
Did the dissenters fight? --
After the war --
What did they fight, and bargain for?
Responsibility: John A. Ragosta.
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Virginia's dissenters, primarily Presbyterians and Baptists, demanded religious liberty in return for supporting the American Revolution. The resulting negotiations not only brought Virginia, and  Read more...

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