The Myth of American Religious Freedom

Sehat, David
Date published: 
February 2011

Freedom of religion was one of the bedrock principles of the founding, and one of the keys to the success of the American experiment. In this provocative book, David Sehat argues that this is far from true. In fact, for most of American history, a "moral establishment" used the law to enforce a Protestant Christian morality that made little room for people of other faiths or none. This book tells the story of the rise and fall of the American moral establishment, with a particular focus on the dissenters who came under its thumb. Sehat offers an engrossing and wide-ranging argument that seeks to overturn a lot of what we think we know about American history.