Freethought on the American Frontier

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Fred Whitehead, Verle Muhrer
Prometheus Books, Jan 1, 1992 - Religion - 314 pages
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The great majority of historians of American philosophy and intellectual life have concentrated on the East as representative of the whole nation. Yet the West produced its own vibrant culture and outstanding personalities, who embodied the qualities of hardy individualism and devotion to freedom of thought and expression. This remarkable anthology of freethought writing from the American Midwest and West provides a bracing view of a rich and vital democratic culture that has existed on the "American frontier" over the past 150 years.

Freethought on the American Frontier illustrates the historical roots of contemporary social conflicts in the United States on such vital and timely issues as women's rights, the tension between science and religion, constitutional rights of free speech and free press, and the advancement of humanism in an often hostile environment.

This important collection of cultural life in America's heartland will prove indispensable to our understanding of the history of the struggle between the forces of repression and Puritanism on the one hand, and those who raised on high the banner of free thought on the other. The issues and ideas generated by this historical conflict continue to play a critical role in our present-day debates on ethics, education, culture, and the very future of the American people.

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Contents

Acknowledgments
11
List of Illustrations
37
A Declaration of Mental Independence
45
Copyright

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About the author (1992)

Fred Whitehead is the editor, most recently, of Don Gordon's Collected Poems. He lives in Kansas City.

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