August 26 in freethought history…

declarationofrightsofmanAugust 26, 1798 – France’s revolutionary National Constituent Assembly issues its Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Inspired by Enlightenment philosophy and earlier documents such as the American Declaration of Independence, the Declaration of the Rights of Man in turn became an inspiration of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

August 26, 1941 – American author and social activist Barbara Ehrenreich is born Barbara Alexander in Butte, Montana. Her books include Nickel and Dimed (an exposé on America’s working poor) and Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth about Everything (an exploration of mystical experiences, including her own). She has received numerous awards, including Humanist of the Year in 1998 from the American Humanist Association.

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