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Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2010

    Brilliant (MUST READ)

    This is the best book I have read on the subject at hand. This is a must read for any secular minded person. The research that the author puts into the book is quite unbelievable and her knowledge on the subject is second to none. I was very impressed with the background history provided in the book about such great freethinkers as Robert Ingersoll and many others. This book also provides a great detailed account of the feminist movement of our secular history, which is an important part of our secular history......Susan Jacoby is brilliant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2008

    Required Reading

    Jacoby writes a lot like Richard Hofstadter but perhaps even better. This is intelligent prose that is also clear and easy to read. The first two chapters alone will debunk anyone who says that America is a Christian nation and that the Constitution is a Bible-based document. Jacoby goes on to debunk some other myths along the way, such as the one about the abolition and civil rights movements being predominantly Christian efforts, and the one about atheists and agnostics being libertines and anarchists. Most importantly, Jacoby gives full credit to some unsung heroes of American history--Thomas Paine, Robert Green Ingersoll, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ernestine Rose, and Clarence Darrow. My only criticism is that she doesn't devote enough pages to one of the greatest heroes of American secularism, W.E.B. Dubois, and I don't think she even mentions H.L Mencken. But what she does include is brilliant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2004

    Understanding the issue

    Susan Jacoby's book is an excellent history on American Secularism. She provides a comprehensive explanation to the reader of the importance and intent of the framers of the Constitution in establishing a 'wall of separation' between church and state. She strips away all the misconceptions that have been historically constructed to obscure the issues in the minds of the American people. This book serves to clear the mind and give it's readers the ability to think freely on issues confronting America's future. The book is worth the price, worth the read and is rich in food for thought.

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  • Posted August 13, 2014

    Excellent. The research that went into this book is exceptional.

    Excellent. The research that went into this book is exceptional. As it's the work of a highly respected scholar, it's not a book to be simply read. It's more so a book to be digested. I agree with a few of the other reviewers suggesting that it should be required reading by any student of American history.

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