Godless Citizens in a Godly Republic: Atheists in American Public Life

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 0.9 X 8.4 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Isaac Kramnick is Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Cornell University. He is the author or editor of many books, including studies of the American founding fathers, Tom Paine, Edmund Burke, and the twentieth-century Englishman Harold Laski.
R. Laurence Moore is professor emeritus of history and American studies at Cornell University


An illuminating read on an increasingly important aspect of American history and politics. With more Americans eschewing religion, such a book is both timely and warranted.--Phil Zuckerman, author of Living the Secular Life
R. Laurence Moore and Isaac Kramnick trace the often-shocking history of atheism in America. In a nation dedicated to the separation of church and state, we have seen furious battles over compulsory school prayer, discrimination against nonbelievers, and continuing efforts to declare this to be 'a Christian nation.' Moore and Kramnick bring to life a continuing struggle to make this nation what the Founders intended it to be.--Geoffrey R. Stone, author of Sex and the Constitution
A thorough and useful history of the legal and political status of atheists in America.--Casey Cep
This compact and thorough work is a perfect introduction to atheism in America.
An impassioned review of the demands of a little-considered minority.
This accessible and sincere book usefully makes explicit often-unspoken currents in American political life.
This work provides important historical insights into a contentious contemporary issue. Highly recommended for readers interested in history, law, and political science, as well as those seeking positive approaches to expanding religious liberty.
Godless Citizens in a Godly Republic provides exactly what we need more of from historians but so rarely get: accessible, well-written prose combined with scholarly discipline in the service of a contemporary issue badly in need of light rather than heat.--Eric Alterman, author of Inequality and One City