By Chris Beneke
In many ways, faith was once the us' first prejudice—both an early resource of bigotry and the item of the 1st sustained efforts to restrict its results. Spanning greater than centuries throughout colonial British the USA and the U.S., The First Prejudice deals a groundbreaking exploration of the early heritage of persecution and toleration. The twelve essays during this quantity have been composed through best historians with a watch to the bigger value of spiritual tolerance and intolerance. person chapters learn the prosecution of spiritual crimes, the biblical assets of tolerance and intolerance, the British imperial context of toleration, the limits of local American non secular independence, the nuances of anti-Semitism and anti-Catholicism, the resilience of African American faiths, and the demanding situations faced through skeptics and freethinkers.
The First Prejudice offers a revealing portrait of the rhetoric, laws, and customs that formed the relationships among humans of alternative faiths in 17th- and eighteenth-century the United States. It relates alterations in legislation and language to the lived adventure of non secular clash and non secular cooperation, highlighting the an important ways that they molded U.S. tradition and politics. via incorporating a extensive diversity of teams and non secular transformations in its bills of tolerance and intolerance, The First Prejudice opens an important new vista at the knowing of America's lengthy event with diversity.