The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Volume 1 (Barnes & Noble Digital Library): Lectures by Robert G. Ingersoll
This first of twelve volumes of works by the great nineteenth-century orator and freethinker is comprised of lectures, including “The Gods” (a logical critique of religion), “Humboldt,” “Thomas Paine,” “Individuality,” “Heretics and Heresies,” “The Ghosts,” “The Liberty of Man, Woman, and Child,” “About Farming in Illinois,” and “What Must We Do to be Saved?”
Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), the son of a radical Presbyterian preacher, was born in New York City. At the outbreak of the American Civil War, he raised a regiment that fought in the Battle of Shiloh. An active Republican, Ingersoll was Attorney General of Illinois. Known as a champion of freethinking and agnosticism, he became one of the most popular orators of his time.