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'First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty' - A Preview

Gerald D. Swick | Published: December 06, 2012 at 11:53 am
'American Experience: First Freedom - The Fight for Religious Liberty,' premiering Dec. 18 on PBS, is an informative, even-handed examination of why America's founders made religious liberty a basic human right.

Brigham Young's 19th Wife

Claudia Glenn Dowling | Published: June 01, 2012 at 11:55 am
Mormon polygamy grabbed the national spotlight in 1875 when Prophet Brigham Young's 19th wife, Ann Eliza, divorced him, wrote an expose about plural marriage and set out on a lecture tour.

George Washington Pays Homage to Yahweh

Simon Schama | Published: April 07, 2009 at 4:10 pm
Simon Schama describes President George Washington’s 1790 visit to Newport, RI, to promote support for the Bill of Rights. His visit provoked an exchange with a member of the Touro Synagogue about the young country’s commitment to religious freedom.

Latter-day Scoundrel Sam Brannan

Will Bagley | Published: August 14, 2008 at 5:26 pm
From his base in Gold Rush–era San Francisco, the onetime Mormon elder and newspaperman defied Brigham Young and flaunted his reputation for wickedness.

Muhammad: The Warrior Prophet

Richard A. Gabriel | Published: May 17, 2007 at 3:53 pm
Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, was also a truly great general. In the space of a single decade he fought eight major battles, led eighteen raids, and planned another thirty-eight military operations.

Timeline: The World of 1607

Dana Huntley | Published: May 03, 2007 at 11:29 am
The settlers of Jamestown, Virginia, left behind an England that was experiencing political and religious changes in 1607.

Onward Christian Soldiers: The Story of the Salvation Army

Siân Ellis | Published: November 08, 2006 at 1:31 pm
Long recognized as one of the most efficient and effective private charitable organizations in the world, the Salvation Army works in 109 countries and 175 languages across the globe.

The Quaker Migration: Friends Find Peace in Pennsylvania

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:12 pm
When the Restoration Parliament enacted the Clarendon Code, its restrictive provisions effectively criminalized the practice of the nonconformist church. In search of tolerance for themselves and others, through the late 1600s thousands of Quakers found a new life in the Delaware Valley.

Army Chaplain Paul N. Mitchell Recalls His Duties During the Vietnam War

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Like their fathers in World War II, the American GIs in Vietnam went out of their way to help the victims of the war.

The Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th Century

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:08 pm
In Britain as on the Continent, the Middle Ages were a golden era of monasticism that saw the flowering of grand foundations of surpassing architectural beauty. Ironically, the dawn of the English Renaissance signaled their demise.

John Knox: Scottish Religious Reformer

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:07 pm
John Knox has been roughly handled by posterity, leaving him a reputation that some historians argue is undeserved.

Scotland's Mysterious Rosslyn Chapel

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:07 pm
Scotland's Rosslyn Chapel captivates visitors with its elaborate 15th-century stonework and its mysterious legends.

Joe Devlin: The Boat People's Priest

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:02 pm
Jesuit priest Joe Devlin became the champion of the Vietnamese boat people who fled to Thailand.

Lady Godiva's Coventry

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:00 pm
The legendary Lady Godiva was one of the founders and earliest rulers of the Midlands city of Coventry. Today, Coventry's past and present are in stark contrast.
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