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September 1 in freethought history…

September 1, 1868 – English activist Chapman Cohen is born Leicester, England. Raised in a nonreligious Jewish family, Cohen became active in Britain’s National Secular Society, eventually serving as Vice President and later President.  He lectured widely, made frequent contribution to … Continue reading

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July 21 in freethought history…

July 21, 1899 – American politician, attorney and freethought lecturer Robert Green Ingersoll dies in Dobbs Ferry, New York, aged 65. Dubbed “the Great Agnostic,” Ingersoll was one of the most famous Americans of the 19th century. He lectured widely … Continue reading

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July 10 in freethought history…

July 10, 1925 – The “Scopes Monkey Trial” begins in Dayton, Tennessee.  Schoolteacher John T. Scopes was accused of teaching evolution in violation of state law. The highly unorthodox trial pitted three-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan for the prosecution) … Continue reading

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