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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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Federal Disestablishment

Federal Disestablishment

(p.53) 2 Federal Disestablishment
The Second Disestablishment

Steven K. Green (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter covers the ideological influences that informed the Declaration of Independence and the federal Constitution. It discusses disestablishment on the federal level, which was led by James Madison, examining both the controversy over ratification of the no-religious-test clause and the drafting of the First Amendment religion clauses. It argues that, by 1790, a general consensus existed among Federalists, Anti-Federalists, and even clergy about the secular nature of the Constitution.

Keywords:   constitution, religion clauses, religious tests, ratification, establishment clause, Madison

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