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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.359) 11 Reconciliation
The Second Disestablishment

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This chapter discusses the reactions of moderate Protestants and jurists who sought to reconcile understandings of America’s Christian character with developing secularization. It examines the meaning and impact of the Supreme Court’s 1892 Christian-nation decision, written by Justice David J. Brewer, and contemporary legal commentary about the maxim. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the final conservative efforts to stem secularization through constitutional amendment and through closing the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago on Sundays.

Keywords:   legal commentary, secularization, Christian nation, David Brewer, Supreme Court

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