Strange stories, amazing facts of America's past

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Reader's Digest Association, Oct 1, 1989 - History - 416 pages
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A collection of unusual facts & anecdotes about the famous & infamous in American history with a chronological index by month & year.

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A potpourri of historical trivia on everything from U.S. presidents to outlaws to ingenuity, this compendium comprises hundreds of brief vignettes that offer often fascinating, obscure facts. More for ... Read full review

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A paragraph from this book, "John Rogers and his followers fought for religious freedom.
Many American colonies were founded for the sake of religious freedom, but most were concerned only with their
own freedom. Few tolerated dissenters. But John Rogers, born into a wealthy Connecticut merchant family in 1648, was one early American who took a stand for the basic principle of religious freedom. As a result, he spent years in jail, endured public whippings, and lost most of his property through fines.
Believing that Christians were answerable to God alone, Rogers opposed salaried clergy, meeting-houses, and formal prayers. He freed his slaves and refused to take medicines, trusting in prayer and anointment with oil. Above all, he held that state-enforced religious laws were invalid and advocated passive resistance to them.
But he and his followers, the Rogerenes, weren't always passive. They had a knack for dramatic public protest. Sometimes they would simply enter a meeting-house and sit through the service with their hats on. On other occasions, they became more extreme."
"Strange Stories, Amazing Facts of America's Past" is such a book where we get chance to know about America's past!

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