Shari Rabin, Oberlin College | Newberry

Shari Rabin, Oberlin College

Friday, March 5, 2021

3-4:30 pm CST

Virtual Seminar via Zoom, Register for Link

Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar

Governing “Jews, Heathens, and Other Dissenters” in the British Atlantic World, Shari Rabin
The 1669 Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina imagined Jews in the new colony before any had arrived there. Writing less than fifteen years after Jews were readmitted to England, Anthony Ashley Cooper and his secretary, a young John Locke, wrote that “Jews, heathens, and other dissenters from the purity of the Christian religion” would be allowed to worship freely. This paper will consider this document and the place of Jews in British colonial governance - in Carolina, Barbados, and Georgia - in order to shed new light on the Atlantic history of “religion” and religious freedom.

Respondent: Tobias Brinkmann, Penn State University

Cost and Registration Information 

This event is free, but all participants must register in advance and space is limited. To register and request a copy of the pre-circulated paper, email Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend.