A Religious History of the American Revolution
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Before the Revolutionary War, America was a nation divided
by different faiths. But when the war for independence
sparked in 1776, colonists united under the banner of
religious freedom. Evangelical frontiersmen and Deist
intellectuals set aside their differences to defend a belief
they shared, the right to worship freely. Inspiring an
unlikely but powerful alliance, it was the idea of religious
liberty that brought the colonists together in the battle
against British tyranny.
In God of Liberty, historian Thomas S. Kidd argues that the
improbable partnership of evangelicals and Deists saw
America through the Revolutionary War, the ratification of
the Constitution, and the election of Thomas Jefferson in
1800. A thought-provoking reminder of the crucial role
religion played in the Revolutionary era, God of Liberty
represents both a timely appeal for spiritual diversity and
a groundbreaking excavation of how faith powered the
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