American Heretics: Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and the History of Religious Intolerance

American Heretics: Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and the History of Religious Intolerance

Peter Gottschalk


in the course of the 19th century a gaggle of political activists in ny urban joined jointly to problem a spiritual staff they believed have been opposed to the yank values of liberty and freedom. known as the understand Nothings, they began riots in the course of elections, tarred and feathered their political enemies, and barred males from employment according to their faith. the gang that prompted this uproar?: Irish and German Catholics―then referred to as the main villainous non secular team in the United States, and commonly believed to be dependable in basic terms to the Pope. it is going to take one other hundred years sooner than Catholics threw off those xenophobic accusations and joined the yankee mainstream. the concept the us is a stronghold of non secular freedom is significant to our id as a nation―and totally at odds with the ancient list. In American Heretics, historian Peter Gottschalk lines the arc of yank spiritual discrimination and exhibits that, faraway from the dominant protestant religions being stored in cost via the separation among church and country, spiritual teams from Quakers to Judaism were subjected to related styles of persecution. at the present time, lots of those related non secular teams that have been as soon as considered as anti-thetical to American values are embraced as proof of our powerful spiritual heritage―giving wish to modern-day Muslims, Sikhs, and different non secular teams now less than fireplace.

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