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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Hellfire Nation for describing how our nation's
people have gone from escaping religious prosecution to becoming a people
of hate and intolerance of all others of even sightly different beliefs.

Hellfire Nation
The Politics of Sin in American History
By James Morone

Hellfire Nation (2004) - 592 pages
Hellfire Nation at Amazon.com

The American Constitution firmly separates church and state. Yet religion lies at the heart of American politics. How did America become a nation with the soul of a church? In Hellfire Nation, James Morone recasts American history as a moral epic. From the colonial era to the present day, Americans embraced a Providential mission, tangled with devils, and aspired to save the world.

Moral fervor ignited our fiercest social conflicts - but it also moved dreamers to remake the nation in the name of social justice. Moral crusades inspired abolition, women's suffrage, and civil rights, even as they led Americans to hang witches, enslave Africans, and ban liquor. Today moral arguments influence everything from abortion to impeachment, from education to foreign policy.

Written with passion and deep insight, Hellfire Nation tells the story of a brawling, raucous, religious people. Morone shows how fears of sin and dreams of virtue defined the shape of the nation.

James A. Morone, professor of political science at Brown University, is also the author of The Democratic Wish: Popular Participation and the Limits of American Government.

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Hellfire Nation
The Politics of Sin in American History
By Jonathan Phillips

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Hellfire Nation for describing how our nation's
people have gone from escaping religious prosecution to becoming a people
of hate and intolerance of all others of even sightly different beliefs.