The First Freedoms: Church and State in America to the Passage of the First Amendment

By: Curry, Thomas J.

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Is government forbidden to assist all religions equally, as the Supreme Court has held? Or does the First Amendment merely ban exclusive aid to one religion, as critics of the Court assert? The First Freedoms studies the church-state context of colonial and revolutionary America to present a bold new reading of the historical meaning of the religion clauses of the First Amendment. Synthesizing and interpreting a wealth of evidence from the founding of Virginia to the passage of the Bill of Rights, including everything published in America before 1791, Thomas Curry traces America's developing ideas on religious liberty and offers the most extensive investigation ever of the historical origins and background of the First Amendment's religion clauses.

Title: The First Freedoms: Church and State in America to the Passage of the First Amendment

Author Name: Curry, Thomas J.

Categories: General,

Publisher: Oxford University Press:

ISBN Number: 0195051815

ISBN Number 13: 9780195051810

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

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