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The Second DisestablishmentChurch and State in Nineteenth-Century America$
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Steven Green

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195399677

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195399677.001.0001

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(p.329) 10 Reaction
The Second Disestablishment

Steven K. Green (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter considers the reaction among conservative evangelicals to perceived secularization in the closing decades of the nineteenth century. It traces the rise of new moral reform societies and renewed attempts to maintain America’s character as a Christian nation through constitutional amendment, legislation, and invigorated enforcement of Sunday laws. The chapter focuses on the activities of the National Reform Association, which was at the forefront of efforts to amend the Constitution and to pass moral legislation. It concludes with a discussion of a brief revival of the maxim in legal and popular commentary.

Keywords:   Constitutional amendment, Sunday laws, moral legislation, Christian nation, National Reform Association, legal commentary

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