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On May 10, 1776, the Second Continental Congress sitting in Philadelphia adopted a Resolution urging each of the British colonies in North America “to adopt such government as shall . . . best conduce” in response to the impending crisis with Great Britain. A suitable preamble was passed on the May 15 following, and Congress then directed that the document be released to the public. The Resolution of May 15 set in motion a round of constitution making in the colonies, several of which soon declared themselves sovereign states and severed all remaining ties to the British Crown. In forming these written constitutions, the delegates to the state conventions were forced to address the issue of church-state relations. Each colony had unique and differing traditions of church-state relations rooted in the colony’s peoples, their country of origin, and religion, and the state constitutional framers had to confront the issue of religion, which many would have preferred to put off. This unique volume, comprising twenty-one original essays by eminent historians and political scientists, is a state-by-state account of disestablishment in the original thirteen states, as well as a look at similar events in the soon-to-be-admitted states of Vermont, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Also considered are disestablishment in Ohio (the first state admitted from the Northwest Territory), Louisiana and Missouri (the first states admitted from the Louisiana Purchase), and Florida (wrestled from Spain under U.S. pressure).

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. xvii-2
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  1. Chapter One: Introduction: The Task, Methodology, and Findings
  2. Carl H. Esbeck and Jonathan J. Den Hartog
  3. pp. 3-24
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  1. Chapter Two: Disestablishment in New Jersey
  2. John Fea
  3. pp. 25-36
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  1. Chapter Three: Delaware: Religious Borderland
  2. Evan Haefeli
  3. pp. 37-54
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  1. Chapter Four: Church and State in Rhode Island
  2. James S. Kabala
  3. pp. 55-70
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  1. Chapter Five: The Pennsylvania Experiment with Freedom of Conscience and Church-State Relations
  2. David Little
  3. pp. 71-96
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  1. Chapter Six: North Carolina: Early Toleration and Disestablishment
  2. Nicholas P. Miller
  3. pp. 97-114
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  1. Chapter Seven: Religious Disestablishment in the State of New York
  2. Kyle T. Bulthuis
  3. pp. 115-138
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  1. Chapter Eight: Disestablishment in Virginia, 1776–1802
  2. Carl H. Esbeck
  3. pp. 139-180
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  1. Chapter Nine: South Carolina
  2. Miles Smith IV
  3. pp. 181-202
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  1. Chapter Ten: Disestablishment in Kentucky
  2. Keith Harper
  3. pp. 203-214
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  1. Chapter Eleven: Disestablishment in Tennessee
  2. Edward R. Crowther
  3. pp. 215-224
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  1. Chapter Twelve: Georgia: The Thirteenth Colony
  2. Joel A. Nichols
  3. pp. 225-248
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  1. Chapter Thirteen: Church and State in Ohio, 1785–1833
  2. Michael S. Ariens
  3. pp. 249-272
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  1. Chapter Fourteen: Disestablishment in the Louisiana and Missouri Territories
  2. Kevin Pybas
  3. pp. 273-292
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  1. Chapter Fifteen: In the Interests of True Religion: Disestablishment in Vermont
  2. Shelby M. Balik
  3. pp. 293-308
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  1. Chapter Sixteen: Church and State in Maryland: Religious Liberty, Religious Tests, and Church Disestablishment
  2. Michael D. Breidenbach
  3. pp. 309-326
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  1. Chapter Seventeen: Connecticut: A Land of Steady Habits
  2. Robert J. Imholt
  3. pp. 327-350
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  1. Chapter Eighteen: Towns and Toleration: Disestablishment in New Hampshire
  2. Brian Franklin
  3. pp. 351-372
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  1. Chapter Nineteen: Maine
  2. Marc M. Arkin
  3. pp. 373-386
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  1. Chapter Twenty: Florida
  2. Nathan A. Adams IV
  3. pp. 387-398
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  1. Chapter Twenty-one: The Last American Establishment: Massachusetts, 1780–1833
  2. John Witte Jr. and Justin Latterell
  3. pp. 399-424
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 425-426
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 427-437
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780826274366
Related ISBN
9780826221933
MARC Record
OCLC
1110126672
Pages
448
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-28
Language
English
Open Access
No
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