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Vol 22 No 9 Sept/Oct 2017

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Separation of Church and State

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Philip HamburgerJohn P. Wilson Professor of Law, University of Chicago, USA

ISBN13: 9780674007345
ISBN: 0674007344
Published: July 2002
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print



In a powerful challenge to conventional wisdom, Philip Hamburger argues that the separation of church and state has no historical foundation. 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 church and state, separation became part of American constitutional law only much later.

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