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Religious Freedom: The Contested History of an American Ideal

Tisa Wenger


Religious freedom is so often presented as a timeless American ideal and an inalienable right, appearing fully formed at the founding of the United States. That is simply not so, Tisa Wenger contends in this sweeping and brilliantly argued book. Instead, American ideas about religious freedom were continually reinvented through a vibrant national discourse--Wenger calls it “religious freedom talk”--that cannot possibly be separated from the evolving politics of race and empire. More often than not, Wenger demonstrates, religious freedom talk worked to privilege the dominant white Christian pop ... More

Keywords: religious freedom, imperialism, American exceptionalism, racial formations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469634623
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469634623.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tisa Wenger, author
Yale University