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 Thomas Jefferson and the Separation of Church and State

Gary Scott Smith

in Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195300604
eISBN:
9780199785285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300604.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

While many of George Washington’s contemporaries portrayed him as a devout Christian, Thomas Jefferson’s foes depicted him as an infidel and an atheist. Given how similar their religious views and ... More


Defining and Testing the Prohibition on Religious Establishments in the Early Republic

Daniel L. Dreisbach

in No Establishment of Religion: America’s Original Contribution to Religious Liberty

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199860371
eISBN:
9780199950164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860371.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter argues that the meanings of the Establishment Clause and the Religious Test Clause were not entirely clear at the time that the Constitution and Bill of Rights were adopted, and the ... More


Elections as Duels: “You Know What? We Can Change That. You Know Why?”’ Cuz We Have the Support of Two-Thirds of Each House of Congress and Three-Quarters of the States!

Joshua A. Douglas

in Hamilton and the Law: Reading Today's Most Contentious Legal Issues through the Hit Musical

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501752216
eISBN:
9781501752230
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501752216.003.0024
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter describes the election of 1800. As initially drafted, the Constitution said that the president was the candidate who received the most Electoral College votes, and the vice president was ... More


The Persistence of Political Community, 1795–1799

Kenneth Owen

in Political Community in Revolutionary Pennsylvania, 1774-1800

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780198827979
eISBN:
9780191866661
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198827979.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century, Political History

This chapter analyses Pennsylvanian and American politics in the late 1790s, focusing particularly on the Jay Treaty debates, the Alien and Sedition Acts, the Fries Rebellion, and the Pennsylvania ... More


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