By Peter Gottschalk
In the midst of the 19th century a gaggle of political activists in long island urban joined jointly to problem a non secular team they believed have been antagonistic to the yank values of liberty and freedom. known as the comprehend Nothings, they begun riots in the course of elections, tarred and feathered their political enemies, and barred males from employment in line with their faith. the crowd that triggered this uproar?: Irish and German Catholics―then often called the main villainous spiritual workforce in the United States, and extensively believed to be dependable simply to the Pope. it should take one other hundred years prior to Catholics threw off those xenophobic accusations and joined the yankee mainstream. the concept that the U.S. is a stronghold of non secular freedom is crucial to our identification as a nation―and completely at odds with the old checklist. In American Heretics, historian Peter Gottschalk lines the arc of yankee non secular discrimination and exhibits that, faraway from the dominant protestant religions being stored in cost through the separation among church and country, spiritual teams from Quakers to Judaism were subjected to comparable styles of persecution. at the present time, lots of those similar spiritual teams that have been as soon as considered as anti-thetical to American values are embraced as facts of our powerful non secular heritage―giving wish to today's Muslims, Sikhs, and different non secular teams now lower than hearth.
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American Heretics: Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and the History of Religious Intolerance by Peter Gottschalk