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April 13 in freethought history…

April 13, 1743 (April 2, 1743 Old Style) – Thomas Jefferson is born in Shadwell, Virginia. His accomplishments were legion: he was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence; served as Minister to France during the American Revolution; served … Continue reading

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March 13 in freethought history…

March 13, 1791 – Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man, Part I, is published in London, England. (Part II would be published eleven months later.) In this landmark book, Paine asserted the sovereignty of the individual, government by assent of the … Continue reading

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January 22 in freethought history…

January 22, 1906 – British secularist and publisher George Jacob Holyoake dies in Brighton, England, aged 88. Holyoake was a prolific writer and lecturer, and a leader in England’s nascent freethought movement. He was the last person convicted of blasphemy in the United … Continue reading

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August 16 in freethought history…

August 16, 1842 – George Jacob Holyoake is the last person convicted of blasphemy in the United Kingdom, and sentenced to six months in a Gloucester jail. The trouble started some months earlier when, after Holyoake gave a public lecture (which had … Continue reading

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