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Separation of Church and State
In a powerful 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 eighteenth-century Americans almost never invoked this principle. Although Thomas Jefferson and others retrospectively claimed that the First Amendment separated ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by Harvard University Press
(first published June 30th 2002)
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After reading for months, I finally finished this on vacation. If you want 500 pages that explains that neither the founding fathers nor the populace really intended for the First Amendment to be broadened (beyond its words) to require complete separation of religion from government, but that Know-nothings, the KKK, Masons, nativists, protestants and other "progressives" came together to advocate the "wall of separation," first mentioned by Jefferson in an off-hand letter to some Baptists, as a ...more
ALL AMERICANS MUST READ THIS BOOK. At least, that is, if they hope to have any understanding of the vision of the Founding Fathers for this country. This is the authoritative work on the subject. It will most likely be a real eye-opener for you. READ IT TODAY.