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. August of 2015 is the 225th anniversary of its composition, and our webinar on 22 AUG was in celebration of this important moment in American history.
In addition to Washington’s letter, scholars and teachers discussed Madison’s “Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments” and the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. All three documents may be found in 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.