George Washington’s letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, RI is perhaps the best expression of the spirit of religious liberty that shaped the new American republic. This August is the 225th anniversary of its composition. Join us at our August 22 webinar for a discussion in commemoration of the letter. We will discuss how religious liberty came about, its connection to America’s founding principles, and its consequences for American history and politics.
In addition to Washington’s letter, we will be discussing Madison’s “Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments” and the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. All three documents may be found in the Ashbrook Center’s 50 Core American Documents: Required Reading for Students, Teachers and Citizens.
For the story behind the letter and additional information about it, please visit the web site of the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom.
Readings from the 50 Core American Documents: