Church and State in America

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In this second edition, Edwin S. Gaustad traces the conflicted and often difficult relationship between religion and government throughout American history, beginning with colonists' concerns after the Revolution and continuing through the 1990s and the current debate about religion in schools. This new edition has additional and revised material bringing the book up to date with regard to the issues facing the Supreme Court today and includes an updated chronology and further ...
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Overview


In this second edition, Edwin S. Gaustad traces the conflicted and often difficult relationship between religion and government throughout American history, beginning with colonists' concerns after the Revolution and continuing through the 1990s and the current debate about religion in schools. This new edition has additional and revised material bringing the book up to date with regard to the issues facing the Supreme Court today and includes an updated chronology and further reading and additional photographs.

Examines the different roles played by church and state in considerations of religion throughout the history of the United States, beginning with concerns of the original colonists through the current debate about religion in schools.

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"Provocative and illuminating book... Gaustad, a professor emeritus at UC Riverside, deftly surveys the history of religious freedom in Americain 150 richly illustrated pages... The long line of freedom of religion cases [is] so effectively summarized by Gaustad.."--Los Angeles Times

"In a balanced account, Gaustad... treats the (often contentious) role of religion in Colonial America and examines the significant Supreme Court cases that have helped define the place of religion with regard to the state.... Serious treatment of the subject at hand in a way that makes [it] attractive for popular reading by combining text, photographs and original documents."--Library Journal

"Every public school library in America needs this book. No church or synagogue library can be considered complete without it. It should be on law school curricula... Every pastor who gives a hoot... should read it, recommend it. Every teacher who is unwilling to be left at the mercy of 'dumbed down'... textbooks can assert a little independence by reading it."--Report from the Capitol

"A lucid primer for understanding today's debates on religious freedom."--The Christian Science Monitor

"Objective and thoughtful."--The Horn Book Guide

"Some of the stickiest, most hotly argued questions in American politics get full coverage in this historical account... While using colorful, evocative language to describe the conflicts, [Gaustad] succeeds admirably in maintaining a fair, objective viewpoint. He presents the issues clearly, without distracting details, in a lively style that is thoroughly consistent with the topic. The book's design includes plenty of white space for readability, and the numerous black-and-white photos have informative captions."--School Library Journal

"Church and State ought to be required reading for those on both sides of the First Amendment divide.... Virtually all the important church-state cases are covered in this volume."--The Wall Street Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195167382
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Series: Religion in American Life Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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University of California, Riverside
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