Rational mothers and infidel gentlemen: gender and American Atheism, 1865-1915
Evelyn Kirkley maintains that "freethinkers" accepted, rejected, and synthesized late Victorian gender norms, struggling both to achieve social and political respect and remain faithful to their principles.
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THE GOSPEL OF FAITH IN MAN
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