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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"Excellent introduction to the thorny interpretive issues that continue to grow around Jefferson's wall."—The Journal of Southern History

" On an evaluative note, the book is helpful for gaining an understanding of the historical context of Jefforson's metaphor."

—Journal of Church and State

"In the opinion of this reviewer, Dreisbach is undeniably correct. His research is thorough, and his analysis comports with the history of the period. Dreisbach's study of Jefferson's likely meaning when he utilized the phrase "wall of separation" makes a valuable contribution to an important area of the constitutional law, an area of great consequence to Christians. The fact that it is written by a law professor at a "top twenty" law school increases its significance and credibility in the scholar world. The book has a minimum of legal jargon and can easily be understood. Daniel Dreisbach's book is highly recommended."—Faith and Mission

"Daniel Dreisbach's book is a welcome and much needed addition to the scholarship on the First Amendment. Dreisbach analysis of Jefferson's metaphor, its political context, and consequences for church-state jurisprudence, provide an intellectual perspective as the Court and nation reconsider issues of accomodations of religion in the public square."—Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

"The book plausibly argues that scholars have seen too secular a Jefferson."

Perspectives on Political Science

"Dreisbach's new book makes an important contribution to church-state scholarship by elaborating both the circumstances surrounding Jefferson's original use of this metaphor and its introduction into modern constitutional discourse."

The Virginia Magazine

"This is an excellent, eloquent book about a metaphor on the uses and pitfalls of metaphors in legal discourse, and on the meaning of the very brief words in the First Amendment."

Catholic Historical Review

"Dreisbach argues convincingly that federalism constituted a key aspect of Jefferson's reply to the Danbury Baptists."

Journal of the Early Republic

" Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation is the product of Dreisbach's solid, extensive research, much of it hidden away in valuable notes. He writes in a direct, clear style, with hints of humor."

The Review of Politics

"[A] vigorous critique of separationist dogmas"

Christianity Today

"Both the sources themselves, and the extensive notes on the secondary literature make the book a 'must read' for anyone interested in the continued impact of Jefferson's metaphor upon the constitutional and legal interpretations of religion and its role in the contemporary United Sates."

Journal of the American Academy of Religion

"Scholars recently have taken a new look at the historical foundations of the Establishment Clause. . . . Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation between Church and State is a valuable contribution to that debate."

Harvard Journal of Law &Public Policy

"Dreisbach offers an in-depth study into what Jefferson meant by the 'wall of separation between church and state' and claims that the extent of the wall was to prohibit Congress from establishing a national state church."

Conscience

"Dreisbach examines the letter and its historical context and concludes that Jefferson might not agree with the restrictive way the courts today have interpreted his phrase."

Houston Chronicle

"Now we know when secularists refer to Jefferson's "wall," they're speaking from ignorance. In short, they are advocating Black's wall

—a wall of imprisonment and censorship, not Jefferson's, which was a wall of protection."

Citizen

"Excellent . . . Dreisbach makes a persuasive case."

Catalyst

"Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State offers an in-depth examination of the origins, controversial uses, and competing interpretations of this powerful metaphor in law and public policy"

American Vision

"Daniel L. Driesbach's Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and Stateprovides important historical analysis."

World

"Daniel Dreisbach, a professor at American University, has now written a valuable history of the "wall of separation" metaphor...[a] superb book."

Claremont Review of Books

"[This] book clearly explains that the purpose of the First Amendment's "establishment" clause was to leave the individual states free to decide for themselves how to integrate religion with government."

Chronicles

"Dreisbach offers a fascinating and thorough account of Jefferson's understanding of the metaphor...and has provided the legal community with a valuable service in bringing together the documentary evidence for Jefferson's understanding of the "wall of separation," along with careful and transparent commentary on what the evidence means."

The Law and Politics Book Review

No phrase in American letters has had a more profound influence on church-state law, policy, and discourse than Thomas Jefferson's "wall of separation between church and state," and few metaphors have provoked more passionate debate. Introduced in an 1802 letter to the Danbury, Connecticut Baptist Association, Jefferson's "wall" is accepted by many Americans as a concise description of the U.S. Constitution's church-state arrangement and conceived as a virtual rule of constitutional law.

Despite the enormous influence of the "wall" metaphor, almost no scholarship has investigated the text of the Danbury letter, the context in which it was written, or Jefferson's understanding of his famous phrase. Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State offers an in-depth examination of the origins, controversial uses, and competing interpretations of this powerful metaphor in law and public policy.

Synopsis:

"Daniel Dreisbachs book is a welcome and much needed addition to the scholarship on the First Amendment. Dreisbach analysis of Jeffersons metaphor, its political context, and consequences for church-state jurisprudence, provide an intellectual perspective as the Court and nation reconsider issues of accomodations of religion in the public square."-Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies"The book plausibly argues that scholars have seen too secular a Jefferson."- Perspectives on Political Science "Dreisbachs new book makes an important contribution to church-state scholarship by elaborating both the circumstances surrounding Jeffersons original use of this metaphor and its introduction into modern constitutional discourse."-The Virginia Magazine"This is an excellent, eloquent book about a metaphor on the uses and pitfalls of metaphors in legal discourse, and on the meaning of the very brief words in the First Amendment."-Catholic Historical Review"Dreisbach argues convincingly that federalism constituted a key aspect of Jeffersons reply to the Danbury Baptists."-Journal of the Early Republic"Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation is the product of Dreisbachs solid, extensive research, much of it hidden away in valuable notes. He writes in a direct, clear style, with hints of humor."- The Review of Politics "[A] vigorous critique of separationist dogmas"-Christianity Today"Scholars recently have taken a new look at the historical foundations of the Establishment Clause. . . . Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation between Church and State is a valuable contribution to that debate."-Harvard Journal of Law andPublic Policy"Dreisbach offers an in-depth study into what Jefferson meant by the wall of separation between church and stateand claims that the extent of the wall was to prohibit Congress from establishing a national state church."-Conscience "Dreisbach examines the letter and its historical context and concludes that Jefferson might not agree with the restrictive way the courts today have interpreted his phrase."-Houston Chronicle "Now we know when secularists refer to Jeffersons "wall,"theyre speaking from ignorance. In short, they are advocating Blacks wall -a wall of imprisonment and censorship, not Jeffersons, which was a wall of protection."-Citizen"Excellent . . . Dreisbach makes a persuasive case."-Catalyst "Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State offers an in-depth examination of the origins, controversial uses, and competing interpretations of this powerful metaphor in law and public policy"-American Vision"Daniel L. Driesbachs Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and Stateprovides important historical analysis."-World"Daniel Dreisbach, a professor at American University, has now written a valuable history of the "wall of separation"metaphor...[a] superb book."-Claremont Review of Books"[This] book clearly explains that the purpose of the First Amendments "establishment"clause was to leave the individual states free to decide for themselves how to integrate religion with government."-Chronicles"Dreisbach offers a fascinating and thorough account of Jeffersons understanding of the metaphor...and has provided the legal community with a valuable service in bringing together the documentary evidence for Jeffersons understanding of the "wall of separation,"along with careful and transparent commentary on what the evidence means."-The Law and Politics Book ReviewNo phrase in American letters has had a more profound influence on church-state law, policy, and discourse than Thomas Jeffersons "wall of separation between church and state,"and few metaphors have provoked more passionate debate. Introduced in an 1802 letter to the Danbury, Connecticut Baptist Association, Jeffersons "wall"is accepted by many Americans as a concise description of the U.S. Constitutions church-state arrangement and conceived as a virtual rule of constitutional law. Despite the enormous influence of the "wall"metaphor, almost no scholarship has investigated the text of the Danbury letter, the context in which it was written, or Jeffersons understanding of his famous phrase. Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State offers an in-depth examination of the origins, controversial uses, and competing interpretations of this powerful metaphor in law and public policy.

Synopsis:

What compels us to look at shocking photographs or, alternatively, to look away? Should the media use disturbing images to inform, at the risk of offending? How is our sense of politics, morality, and culture affected when we are exposed to gruesome images of accidents and disasters, murder and execution, grief and death?

In Body Horror, John Taylor addresses these questions by examining how the media presents unsettling pictures, especially those of dead and injured "foreigners." Drawing on recent experiences in the Gulf, Bosnia and Rwanda, Taylor argues that documentary photography, for all the horror it reproduces, ultimately defines a democracy.

Fully aware of the voyeuristic aspects of photojournalism, Taylor probes the difficulty of applying moral imperatives when separating the utility of showing images of suffering and violence from the risk of either insulting or gratifying public sensibilities. A compelling documentary of photography's cultural and political power, Body Horror analyzes the moral responsibility attached to publishing and bearing witness to photographs of violence, and the historical amnesia that arises when such imagery remains unseen.

Synopsis:

No phrase in American letters has had a more profound influence on church-state law, policy, and discourse than Thomas Jeffersons “wall of separation between church and state,” and few metaphors have provoked more passionate debate. Introduced in an 1802 letter to the Danbury, Connecticut Baptist Association, Jeffersons “wall” is accepted by many Americans as a concise description of the U.S. Constitutions church-state arrangement and conceived as a virtual rule of constitutional law.

Despite the enormous influence of the “wall” metaphor, almost no scholarship has investigated the text of the Danbury letter, the context in which it was written, or Jeffersons understanding of his famous phrase. Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State offers an in-depth examination of the origins, controversial uses, and competing interpretations of this powerful metaphor in law and public policy.

About the Author

Daniel L. Dreisbach is an Associate Professor in the Department of Justice, Law, and Society at American University. He is the editor of Religion and Political Culture in Jeffersons Virginia and Religion and Politics in the Early Republic.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780814719367
Author:
Dreisbach, Daniel L
Publisher:
New York University Press
Author:
Taylor, John
Author:
Dreisbach, Daniel L.
Author:
Dreisbach, Daniel
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Constitutional
Subject:
Church and state
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Jefferson, thomas, 1743-1826
Subject:
CHURCH AND STATE_UNITED STATES
Subject:
Religion and politics
Subject:
CONSTITUTIONAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW_USA
Subject:
RELIGION AND BELIEFS_USA
Subject:
Church & State
Subject:
Law | Constitutional Law
Subject:
Photojournalism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Critical America
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
283
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , "Daniel Dreisbachs book is a welcome and much needed addition to the scholarship on the First Amendment. Dreisbach analysis of Jeffersons metaphor, its political context, and consequences for church-state jurisprudence, provide an intellectual perspective as the Court and nation reconsider issues of accomodations of religion in the public square."-Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies"The book plausibly argues that scholars have seen too secular a Jefferson."- Perspectives on Political Science "Dreisbachs new book makes an important contribution to church-state scholarship by elaborating both the circumstances surrounding Jeffersons original use of this metaphor and its introduction into modern constitutional discourse."-The Virginia Magazine"This is an excellent, eloquent book about a metaphor on the uses and pitfalls of metaphors in legal discourse, and on the meaning of the very brief words in the First Amendment."-Catholic Historical Review"Dreisbach argues convincingly that federalism constituted a key aspect of Jeffersons reply to the Danbury Baptists."-Journal of the Early Republic"Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation is the product of Dreisbachs solid, extensive research, much of it hidden away in valuable notes. He writes in a direct, clear style, with hints of humor."- The Review of Politics "[A] vigorous critique of separationist dogmas"-Christianity Today"Scholars recently have taken a new look at the historical foundations of the Establishment Clause. . . . Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation between Church and State is a valuable contribution to that debate."-Harvard Journal of Law andPublic Policy"Dreisbach offers an in-depth study into what Jefferson meant by the wall of separation between church and stateand claims that the extent of the wall was to prohibit Congress from establishing a national state church."-Conscience "Dreisbach examines the letter and its historical context and concludes that Jefferson might not agree with the restrictive way the courts today have interpreted his phrase."-Houston Chronicle "Now we know when secularists refer to Jeffersons "wall,"theyre speaking from ignorance. In short, they are advocating Blacks wall -a wall of imprisonment and censorship, not Jeffersons, which was a wall of protection."-Citizen"Excellent . . . Dreisbach makes a persuasive case."-Catalyst "Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State offers an in-depth examination of the origins, controversial uses, and competing interpretations of this powerful metaphor in law and public policy"-American Vision"Daniel L. Driesbachs Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and Stateprovides important historical analysis."-World"Daniel Dreisbach, a professor at American University, has now written a valuable history of the "wall of separation"metaphor...[a] superb book."-Claremont Review of Books"[This] book clearly explains that the purpose of the First Amendments "establishment"clause was to leave the individual states free to decide for themselves how to integrate religion with government."-Chronicles"Dreisbach offers a fascinating and thorough account of Jeffersons understanding of the metaphor...and has provided the legal community with a valuable service in bringing together the documentary evidence for Jeffersons understanding of the "wall of separation,"along with careful and transparent commentary on what the evidence means."-The Law and Politics Book ReviewNo phrase in American letters has had a more profound influence on church-state law, policy, and discourse than Thomas Jeffersons "wall of separation between church and state,"and few metaphors have provoked more passionate debate. Introduced in an 1802 letter to the Danbury, Connecticut Baptist Association, Jeffersons "wall"is accepted by many Americans as a concise description of the U.S. Constitutions church-state arrangement and conceived as a virtual rule of constitutional law. Despite the enormous influence of the "wall"metaphor, almost no scholarship has investigated the text of the Danbury letter, the context in which it was written, or Jeffersons understanding of his famous phrase. Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State offers an in-depth examination of the origins, controversial uses, and competing interpretations of this powerful metaphor in law and public policy.
"Synopsis" by , What compels us to look at shocking photographs or, alternatively, to look away? Should the media use disturbing images to inform, at the risk of offending? How is our sense of politics, morality, and culture affected when we are exposed to gruesome images of accidents and disasters, murder and execution, grief and death?

In Body Horror, John Taylor addresses these questions by examining how the media presents unsettling pictures, especially those of dead and injured "foreigners." Drawing on recent experiences in the Gulf, Bosnia and Rwanda, Taylor argues that documentary photography, for all the horror it reproduces, ultimately defines a democracy.

Fully aware of the voyeuristic aspects of photojournalism, Taylor probes the difficulty of applying moral imperatives when separating the utility of showing images of suffering and violence from the risk of either insulting or gratifying public sensibilities. A compelling documentary of photography's cultural and political power, Body Horror analyzes the moral responsibility attached to publishing and bearing witness to photographs of violence, and the historical amnesia that arises when such imagery remains unseen.

"Synopsis" by , No phrase in American letters has had a more profound influence on church-state law, policy, and discourse than Thomas Jeffersons “wall of separation between church and state,” and few metaphors have provoked more passionate debate. Introduced in an 1802 letter to the Danbury, Connecticut Baptist Association, Jeffersons “wall” is accepted by many Americans as a concise description of the U.S. Constitutions church-state arrangement and conceived as a virtual rule of constitutional law.

Despite the enormous influence of the “wall” metaphor, almost no scholarship has investigated the text of the Danbury letter, the context in which it was written, or Jeffersons understanding of his famous phrase. Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State offers an in-depth examination of the origins, controversial uses, and competing interpretations of this powerful metaphor in law and public policy.

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