Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Paul Harvey and Edward Blum

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231140201

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231140201.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM COLUMBIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.columbia.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Minnesota Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CUPSO for personal use.date: 19 September 2021

Religion and the Law in American History

Religion and the Law in American History

(p.154) 7. Religion and the Law in American History
The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History

Frank S. Ravitch

Columbia University Press

This chapter surveys some of the major eras and events involving law and religion in American history. The history of law and religion in the United States has been used to argue both for and against the separation of church and state. Numerous decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court reflect this use of history. In 1940, the Supreme Court decided Cantwell v Connecticut, which incorporated the Free Exercise Clause through the Fourteenth Amendment. Seven years later, the Court decided Everson v Board of Education (1947), which incorporated the Establishment Clause. Incorporation was key to the current era of law and religion. This chapter begins with an overview of law and religion in the colonies and the United States during the period 1750–1870 before turning to the years 1870–1940 and the post-incorporation era from 1940/1947 to the present.

Keywords:   law, religion, American history, United States, Supreme Court, Free Exercise Clause, Fourteenth Amendment, Establishment Clause, incorporation, colonies

Columbia Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .