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Issue 55 : The Monkey Trial & the Rise of Fundamentalism

Originally published in 1997
Issue 55
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February 7, 1478: Thomas More, lord chancellor of England during the English Reformation, is born. Though he idealized freedom of religion in Utopia (1516), he supported the punishment of heretics and Protestants like Martin Luther and William Tyndale. He retired from office rather than acknowledge Henry VIII's divorce and was beheaded for refusing to acknowledge Henry as head of the church (see issue 16: William Tyndale).

February 7, 1818 (traditional date): Abolitionist Frederick Douglass is ...

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