Armed with the Constitution: Jehovah's Witnesses in Alabama and the U. S. Supreme Court, 1939-1946

Armed with the Constitution: Jehovah's Witnesses in Alabama and the U. S. Supreme Court, 1939-1946

by Merlin Owen Newton

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Overview

This fascinating history underscores the importance of “little people” in affecting the U.S. government. It stresses the courage of a black man, Rosco Jones, and a white woman, Grace Marsh, who dared to challenge the status quo in Alabama in the early 1940s. These two Jehovah’s Witnesses helped to lay a foundation for testing the constitutionality of state and local laws, establishing precedents that the Civil Rights movement, the feminist movement, and similar forces could follow. Newton has prepared a finely woven tale of oral, legal, and social history that opens a window on the world of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Alabama.
            But the book is more than a legal study; it is also a dramatic history of two powerful personalities whose total commitment to their faith enabled them to carry the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ battle from rural Alabama to the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817312282
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Publication date: 06/28/2002
Series: Religion and American Culture (University of Alabama)
Edition description: 1
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Merlin Owen Newton is Associate Professor of History and Political Science at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama.

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