Rich with such iconic figures as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Paine, and the once-famous Robert Green Ingersoll, Freethinkers restores to history the passionate humanists who struggled against those who would undermine the combination of secular government and religious liberty that is the glory of the American system.
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The separation of church and state, incorporated in the First Amendment, is established without that exact phrase ever being used. Religion brought some of the first English colonists to the New World and religious variety has been a national hallmark. The United States Constitution is the written document by which both the federal government was instituted. Abolitionism was the movement, centered in the North, that abolition of slavery even in those states that had practiced it since the founding of the country. Thomas Paine wrote influential pamphlets during the American Revolution, which have inspired revolutionaries ever since.