American Heretics: Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and the History of Religious Intolerance

American Heretics: Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and the History of Religious Intolerance

Peter Gottschalk


in the course of the 19th century a bunch of political activists in manhattan urban joined jointly to problem a non secular crew they believed have been antagonistic to the yank values of liberty and freedom. known as the comprehend Nothings, they began riots in the course of elections, tarred and feathered their political enemies, and barred males from employment according to their faith. the gang that triggered this uproar?: Irish and German Catholics―then often called the main villainous spiritual team in the United States, and generally believed to be unswerving simply to the Pope. it will take one other hundred years earlier than Catholics threw off those xenophobic accusations and joined the yankee mainstream. the concept the USA is a stronghold of spiritual freedom is critical to our identification as a nation―and totally at odds with the ancient list. In American Heretics, historian Peter Gottschalk strains the arc of yankee non secular discrimination and indicates that, faraway from the dominant protestant religions being saved in money through the separation among church and country, spiritual teams from Quakers to Judaism were subjected to comparable styles of persecution. this present day, lots of those related non secular teams that have been as soon as considered as anti-thetical to American values are embraced as facts of our powerful non secular heritage―giving desire to modern-day Muslims, Sikhs, and different non secular teams now lower than fireplace.

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