Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land: A History of Church and State in America

Paperback | February 28, 2003

byEdwin S. Gaustad

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Should prayer be allowed in public schools? Should biology be taught according to Darwin or to the book of Genesis? Why is polygamy against the law? These are just a few of the questions that touch our lives directly and emerge out of the separation of church and state. In this volume, one ofthe most distinguished scholars of American religious history traces the complicated relationship of church and state from the early colonial period, through the unique American experiment in religious liberty after the Revolution, to the ongoing debate over religious issues in our schools andcommunities. Edwin Gaustad relates entertaining and edifying accounts of headline-grabbing court trials involving polygamy, witchcraft, and church taxation. He quotes moving passages from the speeches and writings of American Presidents and Supreme Court justices to prove that, to paraphraseMichelangelo, "religious liberty is made up of a series of trifles, but religious liberty is no trifle."

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Should prayer be allowed in public schools? Should biology be taught according to Darwin or to the book of Genesis? Why is polygamy against the law? These are just a few of the questions that touch our lives directly and emerge out of the separation of church and state. In this volume, one ofthe most distinguished scholars of American ...

Edwin S. Gaustad is at University of California, Riverside.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.71 inPublished:February 28, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195166876

ISBN - 13:9780195166873

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"[A] cause for special celebration. At long last, we have a lively and scholarly account of religious liberty in American history written primarily for young adult readers....Gaustad has done a splendid job of explaining the relationship of church and state in America in ways that will appealto readers in high school through college. Every public school library needs to order this book--and all of the other volumes in this extraordinary series."--Journal of Church and State