The First Prejudice

Leading religious historians connect changes in law and rhetoric to daily cooperation and conflict in early America. These essays examine such topics as Native American spiritual life, the biblical sources of tolerance and intolerance, contemporary philosophies of religious liberty, and the resilience of African American faiths.

The First Prejudice
Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early America

Chris Beneke and Christopher S. Grenda, Editors

2010 | 408 pages | Cloth $45.00 | Paper $24.95
American History | Religion
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Table of Contents

Introduction
—Chris Beneke and Christopher S. Grenda

PART I. IDEOLOGIES OF TOLERANCE AND INTOLERANCE IN EARLY AMERICA
Chapter 1. Faith, Reason, and Enlightenment: The Cultural Sources of Toleration in Early America
—Christopher S. Grenda
Chapter 2. Amalek and the Rhetoric of Extermination
—John Corrigan

PART II. PRACTICES OF TOLERANCE AND INTOLERANCE IN COLONIAL BRITISH AMERICA
Chapter 3. The Episcopate, the British Union, and the Failure of Religious Settlement in Colonial British America
—Ned Landsman
Chapter 4. Practicing Toleration in Dutch New Netherland
—Joyce D. Goodfriend
Chapter 5. Heretics, Blasphemers, and Sabbath Breakers: The Prosecution of Religious Crime in Early America
—Susan Juster
Chapter 6. Persecuting Quakers? Liberty and Toleration in Early Pennsylvania
—Andrew R. Murphy

PART III. THE BOUNDARIES OF TOLERANCE AND INTOLERANCE IN EARLY AMERICA
Chapter 7. Native Freedom? Indians and Religious Tolerance in Early America
—Richard W. Pointer
Chapter 8. Slaves to Intolerance: African American Christianity and Religious Freedom in Early America
—Jon Sensbach
Chapter 9. Catholics, Protestants, and the Clash of Civilizations in Early America
—Owen Stanwood
Chapter 10. Anti-Semitism, Toleration, and Appreciation: The Changing Relations of Jews and Gentiles in Early America
—William Pencak

PART IV. THE PERSISTENCE OF TOLERANCE AND INTOLERANCE IN THE NEW NATION
Chapter 11. The ''Catholic Spirit Prevailing in Our Country'': America's Moderate Religious Revolution
—Chris Beneke
Chapter 12. The Boundaries of Toleration and Tolerance: Religious Infidelity in the Early American Republic
—Christopher Grasso

Notes
List of Contributors
Index