From Jamestown to Jefferson sheds new gentle at the contexts surrounding Thomas Jefferson’s Statute for spiritual Freedom―and at the emergence of the yank realizing of spiritual freedom―by studying its deep roots in colonial Virginia’s impressive non secular range. not easy conventional assumptions approximately existence in early Virginia, the essays during this quantity express that the colony used to be extra non secular, extra various, and extra tolerant than generally meant. The presence of teams as disparate as Quakers, African and African American slaves, and Presbyterians, along the confirmed Anglicans, generated a dynamic stress among non secular variety and makes an attempt at hegemonic authority that was once obvious from Virginia’s earliest days. The members, all popular students of Virginia historical past, deal with intimately the complicated interactions between Virginia’s assorted spiritual teams, either out and in of strength, in addition to the seismic adjustments unleashed through the Statute’s adoption in 1786. From Jamestown to Jefferson means that the day-by-day spiritual practices and struggles that happened within the city halls, backwoods settlements, plantation homes, and slave quarters that dotted the colonial Virginia panorama helped create a social and political area during which a brand new figuring out of non secular freedom, represented via Jefferson’s Statute, might emerge.

Contributors:Edward L. Bond, Alabama A&M collage * Richard E. Bond, Virginia Wesleyan collage * Thomas E. Buckley, Jesuit institution of Theology of Santa Clara University/Graduate Theological Union * Daniel L. Dreisbach, American collage, institution of Public Affairs * Philip D. Morgan, Johns Hopkins collage * Monica Najar, Lehigh collage * Paul Rasor, Virginia Wesleyan collage * Brent Tarter, Library of Virginia

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