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

Isaac Kramnick (Author) R Laurence Moore (Author)

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W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
August 20, 2019
5.4 X 0.7 X 8.1 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author

Isaac Kramnick is professor emeritus of government at Cornell University.
R. Laurence Moore is professor emeritus of history and American studies at Cornell University


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
[An] alternative history of the country, focused on the nonbelievers.
Godless Citizens is a well-considered, well-written, and arguably important book. It should be read by anyone who sees themselves as having had to live on the short end of things in an America fighting at any cost to be defined as Christian. Moore and Kramnick give us ample reason to take heart.--Daniel Thomas Moran
A fascinating look at atheism in America.
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 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