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FM Unitarian Universalist Church Movie Night

American Freethought – Parts I & II

A four-part miniseries probing our nation’s freethought, atheist, and humanist heritage from the American Revolution to the 1930’s.

Part I: The founding of the nation, rich in religious contradictions. Ethan Allen, America’s first freethought author. Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Paine’s life, career, and his seminal book The Age of Reason. Rise of the abolition movement. Some radical abolitionists break from the churches: Elizur Wright, Lucretia Mott.

Part II: The abolition movement seeds the women’s rights and free-thought movements. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Seneca Falls women’s rights conference. Suffragist-freethinker Matilda Joslyn Gage. Darwin’s Origin of Species. Religious resistance: the American Tract Society, morals crusader Anthony Comstock. D.M. Bennett, editor of The Truth Seeker. Rise of “the Great Agnostic”, Robert Green Ingersoll. Dawn of America’s first Culture Wars.

Freethinkers fought for free speech, women’s rights, separation of church and state, and above all – Liberty!

Presented by Roderick Bradford and The Council for Secular Humanism.
Free and open to the public.
Runtime: 109 min.

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