Topic: Religion

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To the British Settlements in America upon Slave-keeping

In this 1773 pamphlet, Benjamin Rush of Philadelphia condemned slavery as morally wrong. He also insisted that the continued existence of slavery endangered the liberty and prosperity of...
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Virginia Declaration of Rights

In June 1776, Virginia’s temporary government—known as the Convention—unanimously adopted this Declaration of Rights. George Mason was the main author of the document, which aimed to secure the...
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Washington’s First Inaugural Address

This document is the text of George Washington’s first inaugural address as president. Although Washington chose not to mention particular policies that his administration would pursue, he pledged...
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Word Cloud of the Statute for Religious Freedom

This word cloud was created on Wordle using the text of the edited version of the Statute for Religious Freedom. Jefferson’s Bill for Religious Freedom became a statute...
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Yale Chapel

This woodcut of the chapel at Yale College in Connecticut dates to 1786, the same year that Virginia adopted Jefferson’s Statute for Religious Freedom. Religion continued to play...