Separation of church and state

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In a challenge to conventional wisdom, Philip Hamburger argues that the separation of church and state has no historical foundation in the First Amendment. The detailed evidence assembled here shows that 18th-century Americans almost never invoked this principle. Although Thomas Jefferson and others retrospectively claimed that the First Amendment separated church and state, separation became part of American constitutional law only much later.
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subject_facet
Church and state
Church and state -- United States
Church history
Constitutional amendments -- United States -- 1st
E?glise et E?tat -- E?tats-Unis
Electronic books
Église et État -- États-Unis
Kerk en staat
Kirche
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- Political Advocacy
Staat
USA
United States
United States -- Church history
United States -- Church history -- 18th century
United States -- Constitutional law -- Amendments -- 1st
Église et État -- États-Unis
title_displaySeparation of church and state
title_fullSeparation of church and state / Philip Hamburger
Separation of church and state [electronic resource] / Philip Hamburger
title_shortSeparation of church and state
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Amendments
Church and state
Church history
Constitutional amendments
Constitutional law
E?glise et E?tat
Église et État
Kerk en staat
Kirche
POLITICAL SCIENCE
Political Advocacy
Political Process
Staat
Église et État