The First Liberty: Religion and the American Republic

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Knopf, 1986 - Religion - 373 pages
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This extended essay traces the origins of the idea of the concept of religious liberty, chronicles the course of the First Amendment and its precursor, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and explores its role in contemporary political life

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Miller chronicles some critical episodes in the shaping of our religious history. He begins in 1776 Virginia, with George Mason's draft of the Declaration of Rights and the great collaboration of ... Read full review



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William Lee Miller, Scholar in Ethics and Institutions at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, has also taught at Yale, Smith College, and Indiana University. He is a member of the board of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, of the Lincoln Studies Group, and of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission's advisory committee. His previous books include "Arguing About Slavery: John Quincy Adams and the Great Battle in the American Congress" and" Lincoln's Virtues: An Ethical Biography." He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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