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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reveiw of American History, January 11, 2007
This review is from: American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation (Hardcover)
This book confirms the Founding Fathers got it right and allowed all to have a position of thought and belief system. It also tracks how public position cycles from sectarian to secular and if dates were not associated with quotes, it would be difficult to say these were not from today.

Meacham does a great job in demonstrating the Founding Fathers knew what they were doing with the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment. They knew there was a requirement for "separation" between politics and religion, but government and belief systems are consistent. Their actions ensured a particular religion's doctrine would not become the law of the land or in anyway influence it, yet allow for one to believe as they wish, free from influence from any source, state or church.

Every chapter tells a story of American history. Those that center on the Presidents and their personal beliefs are most interesting. How these men balanced their personal beliefs and their duties in leading the Nation makes for good reading.

I highly recommend American Gospel to anyone that finds history exciting, dull, or curious about how this nation has arrived where it is today. It does a solid job in documenting this huge experiment, not just as a representative government, but one that allows any religion, or not, to (co)exist, successfully.
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