Shapers of the Great Debate on the Freedom of Religion: A Biographical Dictionary

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 266 pages
The First Amendment is categorical and concise on religion and the state: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Nevertheless, these few words have caused much confusion and controversy for successive generations. The debate over religious freedom has often come to the forefront during American history. Since colonial times, Americans have debated how to interpret and apply the First Amendment. Through biographical histories of individuals involved in the freedom of religion debates, readers will discover how individuals' thoughts, beliefs, and actions affected how the religion clauses are viewed today and throughout American history. Topics such as prayer in schools, religious symbols, exemption from military duty, and the pledge of allegience are addressed. Individuals such as Anne Hutchinson, Jerry Falwell, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Joseph Franklin Rutherford, and Roger Williams are included. An introductory essay, an appendix of shorter entries on additional figures, and a bibliography are also included. The Shapers of the Great American Debates series takes a biographical approach to history, following the premise that people make history in the circumstances in which they find themselves. Each volume in this series examines the lives and experiences of the individuals involved in a particular debate through major and minor biographies.
 

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Contents

JOHN COTTON 15841652
1
ANNE HUTCHINSON 15911643
15
ROGER WILLIAMS c 16031683
25
PETER STUYVESANT c 16101672
37
WILLIAM PENN 16441718
47
WILLIAM LIVINGSTON 17231790
61
ISAAC BACKUS 17241806
71
THOMAS JEFFERSON 17431826
85
RALPH WALDO EMERSON 18031882
149
JOSEPH SMITH 18051844
161
ISAAC MAYER WISE 18191900
171
JOSEPH FRANKLIN RUTHERFORD 18691942
183
JOHN COLLIER 18841968
193
EARL WARREN 18911974
203
JOHN COURTNEY MURRAY 19041967
213
JERRY FALWELL 1933
225

JAMES MADISON 17511836
99
LYMAN BEECHER 17751863
113
JOSEPH STORY 17791845
123
JOHN HUGHES 17971864
135
BRIEF BIOGRAPHIES
233
KEY SUPREME COURT CASES
247
INDEX
261
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Jonathan A. Wright is an independent scholar who has published on various aspects of religious history and has contributed to New Dictionary of National Biography and Dictionary of American History.

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