Church, State, and Original Intent

Church, State, and Original Intent

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by Donald L. Drakeman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521119189

ISBN-13: 9780521119184

Pub. Date: 12/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This provocative book shows how the United States Supreme Court has used constitutional history in church-state cases. Donald L. Drakeman describes the ways in which the justices have portrayed the Framers’ actions in a light favoring their own views about how church and state should be separated. He then marshals the historical evidence, leading to a

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This provocative book shows how the United States Supreme Court has used constitutional history in church-state cases. Donald L. Drakeman describes the ways in which the justices have portrayed the Framers’ actions in a light favoring their own views about how church and state should be separated. He then marshals the historical evidence, leading to a surprising conclusion about the original meaning of the First Amendment’s establishment clause: the framers originally intended the establishment clause only as a prohibition against a single national church. In showing how conventional interpretations have gone astray, he casts light on the close relationship between religion and government in America and brings to life a fascinating parade of church-state constitutional controversies from the Founding Era to the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521119184
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2009
Pages:
382
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Reynolds: the historical construction of constitutional reality; 3. Everson: a case of premeditated law office history; 4. The battle for the historical high ground; 5. Original meanings: where is the historical highground?; 6. Incorporating originalism; 7. Conclusion.

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