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The Resource American gospel : God, the founding fathers, and the making of a nation, Jon Meacham

American gospel : God, the founding fathers, and the making of a nation, Jon Meacham

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American gospel : God, the founding fathers, and the making of a nation
Title
American gospel
Title remainder
God, the founding fathers, and the making of a nation
Statement of responsibility
Jon Meacham
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Author Meacham tells the human story of how the Founding Fathers viewed faith, and how they ultimately created a nation in which belief in God is a matter of choice. At a time when our country seems divided by extremism, this book draws on the past to offer a new perspective. Meacham re-creates the history of a nation grappling with religion and politics--from John Winthrop's "city on a hill" sermon to Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence; from a proposed nineteenth-century Christian Amendment to the Constitution to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s call for civil rights; from George Washington to Ronald Reagan. At the heart of the American experiment lies what Benjamin Franklin called "public religion," a God who invests all human beings with inalienable rights while protecting private religion from government interference. It is a great American balancing act, and it has served us well.--From publisher description
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Meacham, Jon
Dewey number
322/.10973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
BL2525
LC item number
.M423 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • United States
  • United States
  • Religion and politics
  • Christianity and politics
  • National characteristics, American
  • Religiöse Identität
  • Politische Identität
  • Politik
  • Religion
  • Christentum
  • USA
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American gospel : God, the founding fathers, and the making of a nation, Jon Meacham
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [359]-387)
Contents
God and Mammon. Fortune, fear, and the first colonies -- And none shall be afraid. The Revolution, the Constitution, and the creation of the Presidency -- Let us die to make men free. The Civil War, Lincoln, and Darwin -- Imperfect though we are. Wars against the Great Depression, Totalitarianism, and Jim Crow -- The fight was on! The martyrdom of Dr. King, the rise of a new right, and Reagan's delicate balance -- Our hope for years to come. History, religion, and common sense -- Appendix A: In their own words: Selected documents on religion in America. English translation of prayer for peace of congregation Shearith Israel during the Revolution, New York City -- Jefferson's Virginia statute for religious freedom -- Madison's memorial and remonstrance against religious assessments -- Washington's letter to the Hebrew congregation at Newport -- Washington's farewell address -- Treaty of peace and friendship between the United States and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary -- Correspondence between the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut and President Thomas Jefferson, October 1801- January 1802 -- Rabbi Max Lilienthal on "God, Religion, and Our American Constitution," December 1870 -- Robert Ingersoll's definition of secularism -- Appendix B: Scripture and State: The Presidents' choice of inaugural Bible verses
Control code
ocm64289480
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 399 p.
Isbn
9781400065554
Lccn
2006041161
Other physical details
ill.
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  • (Sirsi) o64289480
  • (OCoLC)64289480
Label
American gospel : God, the founding fathers, and the making of a nation, Jon Meacham
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [359]-387)
Contents
God and Mammon. Fortune, fear, and the first colonies -- And none shall be afraid. The Revolution, the Constitution, and the creation of the Presidency -- Let us die to make men free. The Civil War, Lincoln, and Darwin -- Imperfect though we are. Wars against the Great Depression, Totalitarianism, and Jim Crow -- The fight was on! The martyrdom of Dr. King, the rise of a new right, and Reagan's delicate balance -- Our hope for years to come. History, religion, and common sense -- Appendix A: In their own words: Selected documents on religion in America. English translation of prayer for peace of congregation Shearith Israel during the Revolution, New York City -- Jefferson's Virginia statute for religious freedom -- Madison's memorial and remonstrance against religious assessments -- Washington's letter to the Hebrew congregation at Newport -- Washington's farewell address -- Treaty of peace and friendship between the United States and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary -- Correspondence between the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut and President Thomas Jefferson, October 1801- January 1802 -- Rabbi Max Lilienthal on "God, Religion, and Our American Constitution," December 1870 -- Robert Ingersoll's definition of secularism -- Appendix B: Scripture and State: The Presidents' choice of inaugural Bible verses
Control code
ocm64289480
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 399 p.
Isbn
9781400065554
Lccn
2006041161
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o64289480
  • (OCoLC)64289480

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