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The Church-State Debate: Religion, Education and the Establishment Clause in Post War America


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The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment governs the relationship between the institutions of the church and those of the state; the Supreme Court, as arbiter of the Constitution, has, since 1947, sought to determine where the line between the two should be drawn. This book shows how and why the Court drew the line in particular cases and how and why the lines that were drawn by the Court had an impact on the relationship between institutions of government and the Church, shaping US politics and society.

Using the Supreme Court's cases as a framework, the book shows how the constitutional underpinnings of church-state debates shaped the political, economic, and social debate on the issue, and explores broader debates about religion and American society. This book maintains that the Court cases cannot be understood separately from the context from which they arose and that legal factors are only part of a broader picture for a historical understanding of the Court and Establishment Clause cases.

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Emma Long is Lecturer in American History at the University of Kent, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction \ Part I: School Aid \ 1. The Beginnings: Everson and Allen \ 2. Reassessing the Burger Court \ 3. Accommodation Triumphant? The Rehnquist Court \ Part II: School Prayer \ 4. Engel and Schempp: Controversy and Compliance \ 5. School Prayer and the Reagan Era \ 6. All Change? The Rehnquist Court \ Part III: Equal Access \ 7. The Issue Emerges: Widmar and the Equal Access Act \ 8. The Court United and Divided: The Path to Rosenberger \ Conclusion

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Long, Emma
Bloomsbury Academic
United States - 20th Century
US History - 20th Century
United States - General
Modern - 20th Century
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