PODCAST: Prof. Michael D. Breidenbach on “Our Dear Bought Liberty: Catholics and Religious Toleration in Early America”

Associate Professor and Chair of History at Ave Maria University and Senior Affiliate for Legal Humanities at the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania Michael D. Breidenbach joined JWI Deputy Director Garrett Snedeker to discuss Prof. Breidenbach’s new book Our Dear Bought Liberty: Catholics and Religious Toleration in Early America. In the podcast, they talk about how early American Catholics justified secularism and overcame suspicions of disloyalty during the time of the Founding while also transforming ideas of religious liberty in the process. They also discuss whether the religious character of the colonies and early states exemplified mini-integralist republics.

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