Religious Liberty in Virginia: How "Dissenters" Parlayed Oppression into Freedom

Abstract

Virginia’s role in helping to spearhead Disestablishment and religious freedom has not received the treatment it deserves although it was, itself, a moving force behind Virginia’s entre into the Revolution. It was, in fact, Virginia which ultimately spearheaded and codified separation of church and state, after a reform movement which itself played a significant role in Virginia’s joining the independence movement. This essay examines and articulates that role.

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Keywords

American Revolution, Disestablishment, Religious freedom, American Independence Movement, Virginia in the American Revolution, American Revolution, Disestablishment, Religious freedom, American Independence Movement, Virginia

Citation

Copyright 2016 Journal of the American Revolution. Recommended citation: Alex Colvin. “Religious Liberty in Virginia: How “Dissenters” Parlayed Oppression Into Freedom.” Journal of the American Revolution, October 2016. URL: https://allthingsliberty.com/2016/10/religious-liberty-virginia-dissenters-parlayed-oppression-freedom/