By Peter Manseau

A groundbreaking new examine the tale of America

At the guts of the nation's religious heritage are audacious and sometimes violent scenes. however the Puritans and the shining urban at the hill provide us only one option to comprehend the us. instead of recite American background from a Christian vantage aspect, Peter Manseau proves that what particularly occurred is worthy an in depth, clean glance.

Thomas Jefferson himself accumulated books on all religions and required that the new Library of Congress take his books, given that americans had to examine the "twenty gods or no god" he famously famous have been respected by way of his associates. the americans who believed in those gods, Manseau fills in America's tale of itself, from the persecuted "witches" at Salem and who they honestly have been, to the persecuted Buddhists in WWII California, from spirituality and cults within the '60s to the hot presidential election the place either applicants have been for the 1st time non-traditional Christians.

One country, lower than Gods shows how even more there's to the background we inform ourselves, correct again to the country's earliest days. Dazzling in its scope and sweep, it's an American heritage not like any you've learn.

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Gunnell died in 1946, and the plantation was divided into parcels and split among family members, including Donald B. , and his wife, Amenie Gunnell Boatner. Bruce C. Gunnell constructed a modern home on the plantation lands, near the public road. 49 It was around this time, in 1948, that the Bush Hill Plantation house was rented for a nursery school called Holly Hills Preschool. Sadly, the school ceased classes in 1977, after vandals broke into the plantation mansion, destroying furnishings and wreaking great havoc to the interior.

The new house was a one-and-one-half-story structure with a large gabled roof. The main portion of the house measured approximately twenty and a half feet deep by nearly fifty-one feet wide. A ten-foot-by-ten-foot square front porch covered with a steep roof and gracefully arched openings welcomed visitors. It may have been added at a later date. The façade was originally symmetrical, with five bays and dormers above. On the back of the house a nearly square room of approximately thirteen and a half by fourteen and a half feet con- tained a fireplace and may have served any number of purposes.

This fancy type of brickwork is quite unusual for the time period and represents dedication to style and design as well as true skill on the part of the bricklayers. The plantation remained in the Cocke family until the late eighteenth century. It served during this time period as a campsite for Revolutionary War soldiers, including the Marquis de Lafayette. Malvern Hill was purchased by Robert Nelson, brother of Thomas Nelson of York Town, prior to the turn of the century. A few years later the plantation again served as a campground for soldiers during the War of 1812.

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