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Beginning with a carefully prepared historical overview, which places the first amendment in the context of 18th-century debates over religious freedom, Robert Alley offers a fresh analysis of the amendment's origins. He then presents fifty recent and historical cases without editorial comment, permitting readers to arrive at their own individual interpretations. In addition to the text of the majority decision, each case is followed by the vote of the justices as well as selected dissenting opinions.
Unlike news accounts and other texts, this unique volume is the only objective presentation of the justices' decisions, in the Court's own words, and it includes the entire canon of subjects that bear the label "church and state."
This clearly written, accessible book will be valuable for classroom use, as a library resource, and as an excellent introductory reader for anyone interested in what the Supreme Court has decided on religion in public places and schools.
|Two Seminal Documents Consistently Cited by the Supreme Court Justices|
|The Memorial and Remonstrance||29|
|An Act Establishing Religious Freedom||34|
|The Justices - Dates of Service and Selected Votes||36|
|I||The Establishment Clause|
|C||Other Establishment Cases||281|
|II||The Free Exercise Clause||414|