The Dawn of Religious Freedom in South Carolina

The Dawn of Religious Freedom in South Carolina

By: Moore Moore (author), David Herr (author), Peter Clarke (author), Poole Poole (author), Belinda L. Gergel (author), Richard J. Gergel (author), Vernon Burton (author), W. Lewis Burke (editor), James Lowell Underwood (editor), Walter Edgar (contributor)Hardback

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Although South Carolina's colonial charter promised a safe harbor of religious freedom for those who were oppressed, eighteenth-century religious minorities in the colony found their rights were subjugated to those of the Anglicans. ""The Dawn of Religious Freedom in South Carolina"" contains eight essays by historians and legal scholars that trace the quest for religious equality by Protestant dissenters, Huguenots, Jews, Quakers, Afro-Carolinians, and Roman Catholics. Uncovering the historical roots of the separation of church and state, the contributors use South Carolina's experience to illustrate that religious freedom is more secure when widely shared. South Carolina was a beacon of religious freedom when compared to many other North American colonies. The contributors recount the incremental steps that culminated with the 1790 Constitution's grant of ""free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference."" Separate chapters revisit the experiences of the Huguenots, who found themselves caught in a political crossfire between Anglicans and Protestant dissenters; the Quakers, who ultimately left the state because of their inability to reconcile with the principles of a slaveholding society; the Afro-Carolinians, who created ""psychological living space"" through religion while their masters watched nervously for signs of rebellion; and the evangelicals, whose emphasis on equality before God brought ideas about egalitarianism to South Carolina society. The volume's contributors also enumerate Catholic and Jewish efforts to gain religious equality, and recount the leading roles played by such individuals as Jewish patriot Francis Salvador, Catholic bishop John England, and statesman Charles Pinckney.

About Author

James Lowell Underwood is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Constitutional Law at the University of South Carolina Law School. His past books include four volumes on the Constitution of South Carolina and At Freedom's Door: African American Founding Fathers and Lawyers in Reconstruction South Carolina (USCP ISBN 1-57003-586-5). W. Lewis Burke is a professor and director of clinics at the University of South Carolina Law School and coeditor of At Freedom's Door and Matthew J. Perry: The Man, His Times, and His Legacy (USCP ISBN 1-57003-534-2).

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781570036217
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9781570036217
  • ISBN10: 1570036217

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