The Free Exercise of Religion in America

Its Original Constitutional Meaning

Authors: West, Ellis M.

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  • Provides a definitive overview of the concept of "free exercise of religion" in the context of constitutional law
  • Contributes to a better understanding of early American constitutional history
  • Relies heavily on primary sources, while also taking into account a review of key relevant scholarship          
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This book explains the original meaning of the two religion clauses of the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law [1] respecting an establishment of religion or [2] prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” As the book shows, both clauses were intended to protect the free exercise of religion or religious freedom.  West shows the position taken by early Americans on four issues: (1) the general meaning of the “free exercise of religion,” including whether it is different from the meaning of “no establishment of religion”; (2) whether the free exercise of religion may be intentionally and directly limited, and if so, under what circumstances; (3) whether laws regulating temporal matters that also have a religious sanction violate the free exercise of religion; and (4) whether the free exercise of religion gives persons a right to be exempt from obeying valid civil laws that unintentionally and indirectly make it difficult or impossible to practice their religion in some way. A definitive work on the subject and a major contribution to the field of constitutional law and history, this volume is key to a better understanding of the ongoing constitutional adjudication based on the religion clauses of the First Amendment.


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Ellis M. West is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond, USA. His scholarship focuses on the religion clauses of the First Amendment, as they were originally understood and have been interpreted by the US Supreme Court.

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“The long chapters are superbly researched and handle the state provisions on religious liberty much better than anything I know.” (Ralph Ketcham, Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science, Syracuse University, USA)

 

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Free Exercise of Religion in America
Book Subtitle
Its Original Constitutional Meaning
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-06052-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-06052-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-06051-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 317
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