Freethinkers fought for free speech, women's rights, separation of church and state, and above all - liberty.
Introducing a major new 4-part documentary exploring the history of secularism and censorship in America.
Part 1: The founding of the nation, rich in religious contradictions. (Ethan Allen, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Elizur Wright, Lucretia Mott)
Part 2: The abolition movement seeds the women's rights and freethought movements. (Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Charles Darwin, Anthony Comstock, D.M. Bennett, Robert Green Ingersoll)
Part 3: The mainstream press and the alternative press. (Victoria Woodhull, The Truth Seeker, Thomas Huxley, Abraham Lincoln, National Liberal League, National Defense Association (ACLU), Edward B. Foote, Ezra Heywood, D.M. Bennett)
Part 4: Rise of Roman Catholicism. (Sunday Laws, Haymarket tragedy, McKinley assassination, WWI, Emma Goldman, Scopes Trial, Clarence Darrow, William Jennings Bryan, Godless Girl, H.L. Mencken, Billy Sunday)
“Rod Bradford's film on the development of the American Freethought movement, and Thomas Paine's seminal role, is a comprehensive, accurate, and illuminating work, masterfully told. It tells a story long overlooked, especially in academia, and the public is served well in bringing America's complete history to life.” –Gary Berton, Thomas Paine National Historical Association
Box includes four discs. Total Running Time: 223 minutes
Written, produced, and directed by Rod Bradford. Executive producer: Tom Flynn. Original music by Frank D. Fagnano. Major funding provided by The James Hervey Johnson Charitable Educational Trust with support from the Council for Secular Humanism and the Center for Inquiry.
Visit americanfreethought.tv to watch a teaser, trailer, and previews.