Constitutional Debates on Freedom of Religion: A Documentary History, 1st Edition

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  • 335 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 1999 | Published/Released November 2007
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Traces the history and development of the debate over the separation of religion and government in the United States through a collection of primary documents.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Advisory Board.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
Chronology of Key Events.
1: Colonial Roots of Religious Liberty, 1606–1776.
First Charter of Virginia (November 20, 1606).
Acts of the Virginia Colonial Government on Religion (1624 and 1630).
Charter of Massachusetts Bay (March 4, 1629).
Acts of the Massachusetts Colonial Government on Religion (1631, 1635, and 1638).
Massachusetts Body of Liberties (December 10, 1641).
Massachusetts School Law (November 11, 1647).
Maryland Toleration Act (April 21, 1649).
Rhode Island Charter (July 8, 1663).
The Great Case of Liberty of Conscience (William Penn, 1670).
Great Law of Pennsylvania (December 7, 1682).
A Letter Concerning Toleration (John Locke, 1689).
Charter of Privileges of Pennsylvania (Granted by William Penn, October 28, 1701).
Letter to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (The Reverend Thomas Barton, November 8, 1762).
An Appeal to the Public for Religious Liberty (The Reverend Isaac Backus, 1773).
2: Religious Liberty in the Founding of the United States, 1776–1791.
The Virginia Declaration of Rights (June 12, 1776).
Articles on Religion in the Pennsylvania Declaration of Rights and Constitution (1776).
Articles on Religion in the Maryland Declaration of Rights (1776).
The Massachusetts Declaration of Rights (1780).
Liberty of Worship in America (Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, 1782).
An Argument for Religious Liberty in Notes on the State of Virginia (Thomas Jefferson, 1782).
Letter on the Selection of a Roman Catholic Bishop in the United States of America (Father John Carroll, February 27, 1785).
Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments (James Madison, June 20, 1785).
The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (Thomas Jefferson, January 16, 1786).
Article VI of the United States Constitution (1787).
An Argument Against a Religious Test for Public Office (Oliver Ellsworth, December 17, 1787).
The Federalist 51 (Publius [James Madison], February 6, 1788).
Speech on Rights in the U.S. House of Representatives (James Madison, June 8, 1789).
Discussion in the House of Representatives on Constitutional Guarantees of Religious Liberty (August 15, 1789).
Action in the Senate on Constitutional Guarantees of Religious Liberty (September 3 and 9, 1789).
Clauses on Religion in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution (December 15, 1791).
3: The Constitutional Right to Free Exercise of Religion, 1791–1991.
Reynolds v. United States (1879).
Pierce v. Society of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (1925).
Cantwell v. Connecticut (1940).
West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943).
Murdock v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1943).
United States v. Ballard (1944).
Prince v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1944).
Braunfeld v. Brown (1961).
Sherbert v. Verner (1963).
Welsh v. United States (1970).
Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972).
Heffron v. International Society for Krishna Consciousness (1981).
United States v. Lee (1982).
Bob Jones University v. United States (1983).
Goldman v. Weinberger (1986).
Lyng v. Northwest Indian Cemetery Protective Association (1988).
Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon v. Smith (1990).
4: The Constitutional Prohibition of an Establishment of Religion, 1791–1991.
Everson v. Board of Education of Ewing Township (1947).
Zorach v. Clauson (1952).
McGowan v. Maryland (1961).
Engel v. Vitale (1962).
School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania v. Schempp (1963).
Board of Education of Central School District No. 1 v. Allen (1968).
Walz v. Tax Commission of the City of New York (1970).
Lemon v. Kurtzman, Superintendent of Public Instruction of Pennsylvania (1971).
Meek v. Pittenger (1975).
Wolman v. Walter (1977).
Mueller v. Allen (1983).
Marsh v. Chambers (1983).
The Equal Access Act (1984).
Wallace v. Jaffree (1985).
Aguilar v. Felton (1985).
Edwards v. Aguillard (1987).
Allegheny County v. American Civil Liberties Union, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter (1989).
Board of Education of the Westside Community Schools v. Mergens (1990).
5: Constitutional Issues on Freedom of Religion, 1991–1998.
Lee v. Weisman (1992).
Lamb's Chapel v. Center Moriches Union Free School District (1993).
Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah (1993).
Zobrest v. Catalina Foothills School District (1993).
Religious Freedom Restoration Act (1993).
Board of Education of Kiryas Joel Village School District v. Grumet (1994).
Rosenberger v. University of Virginia (1995).
Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board v. Pinette (1995).
President Clinton's Statement on Religious Expression in Public Schools (July 13, 1995).
Agostini v. Felton (1997).
City of Boerne v. Flores (1997).
Religious Diversity in the United States of America (1998).
Categorical Listings of U.S. Supreme Court Cases Treated in This Volume.
About the Editors.
Primary Documents in American History and Contemporary Issues.