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Church and State in America: The First Two Centuries


Since the 1947 Supreme Court decision, Everson v. Board of Education, in which the court, paraphrasing Thomas Jefferson, declared that there should be an impregnable wall separating church and state, the issue has become a politicized part of America's culture war, a source of heated debate, and, especially in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, a catalyst for scholarly output. Hutson's prose, research, and analysis are solid throughout, but his succinct treatment of all seventeenth-century English colonies is especially noteworthy; detailed treatments of Carolina, New Jersey, and New York are typically omitted while those of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island stop at the point of maximum religious freedom.

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