Village Atheists

How America’s Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation

By Leigh Eric Schmidt

What does it mean to be atheist in America? Leigh Eric Schmidt, the Edward C. Mallinckrodt ­Distinguished University Professor at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, tells the history of American secularism and the many individuals — such as ­atheist sex reformer Elmina D. Slenker — who dissented, at their peril, with prevailing pieties. Despite separation of church and state, Schmidt shows faith and citizenship are often interwoven

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