“Prostrating Our Rights on the Altar of Superstition and Bigotry”: The Sunday Mail Controversy in the Early Republic

  • Timothy VerhoevenEmail author


The first great petition war of the nineteenth century concerned the transportation and delivery of mail on the Sunday Sabbath. When a group known as Sabbatarians began a campaign for Sunday mails to end, a fierce secularist backlash ensued. The anti-Sabbatarian petitioners set out their vision both of the proper relationship between religion and government as well as the nature of true religion in the republic. The outcome was a victory that would reverberate for the rest of the century

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  1. 1.Monash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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