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Vol 22 No 9 Sept/Oct 2017

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Radicals in Their Own Time: Four Hundred Years of Struggle for Liberty and Equal Justice in America


ISBN13: 9780521187039
Published: February 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Paperback
Price: £23.99



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Radicals in Their Own Time explores the lives of five Americans, with lifetimes spanning four hundred years, who agitated for greater freedom in America. Every generation has them: individuals who speak truth to power and crave freedom from arbitrary authority. This book makes two important observations in discussing Roger Williams, Thomas Paine, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, W. E. B. Du Bois and Vine Deloria, Jr. First, each believed that government must broadly tolerate individual autonomy. Second, each argued that religious orthodoxy has been a major source of society's ills – and all endured serious negative repercussions for doing so. The book challenges Christian orthodoxy and argues that part of what makes these five figures compelling is their willingness to pay the price for their convictions – much to the lasting benefit of liberty and equal justice in America.

Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , USA
Contents:
1. Roger Williams: freeborn
2. Thomas Paine: revolution
3. Elizabeth Cady Stanton: gender wars
4. W. E. B. Du Bois: American apartheid
5. Vine Deloria, Jr: betrayals and bridges.