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Ragosta, John A
Religious freedom : Jefferson's legacy, America's creed / John Ragosta
Alternate Title Jefferson's legacy, America's creed
Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, c2013
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  E332.2 .R35 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Religion
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Political and social views
Subject(s) Freedom of religion -- United States -- History -- 18th century
Freedom of religion -- Virginia -- History -- 18th century
Church and state -- United States -- History -- 18th century
Church and state -- Virginia -- History -- 18th century
Subject Virginia. Act for establishing religious freedom
Physical Description xiii, 293 p. ; 25 cm
Contents Thomas Jefferson's religion and religious liberty -- Virginia's establishment and the revolutionary battle for religious liberty -- The Virginia statute for establishing religious freedom -- The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution : a Jeffersonian compromise -- From the First Amendment to Reynolds : Jefferson ascendant -- Federal control : Jefferson's vision in our times -- Jefferson's enduring legacy -- Documentary appendix: Virginia Statute for Establishing Religious Freedom (original and edited versions) -- Memorial & remonstrance against religious assessments -- First Amendment to the United States Constitution -- Memorial from the General Convention of Virginia Presbyterians, August 13, 1785 (Bethel) -- "Spirit of the Gospel" Resolution of the Virginia Baptist General Convention, August 13, 1785 -- Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists, January 1, 1802, and letters to Levi Lincoln and from Gideon Granger regarding the letter to the Danbury Baptists
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [271]-286) and index
Summary Offers a defense of Thomas Jefferson's advocacy for a strict separation of church and state by examining his views on religious freedom. Shows how the First Amendment's focus on maintaining the authority of states to regulate religious freedom demonstrates that Jefferson demanded a firm separation of church and state within the United States but never sought a wholly secular public square
Series Jeffersonian America

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