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The Religious Roots of the First AmendmentDissenting Protestants and the Separation of Church and State$
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Nicholas P. Miller

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199858361

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858361.001.0001

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Religion and American Disestablishment

Religion and American Disestablishment

(p.1) Introduction Religion and American Disestablishment
The Religious Roots of the First Amendment

Nicholas P. Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives an overview of the religious character of the American colonies, looking primarily at the groupings of New England, the Middle Colonies, and the South. It gives an overview of the different church/state arrangements found in these colonies prior to the revolution. It then introduces the background to questions of church and state in early America, and sets up the importance of looking back to the reformation roots of American colonial thought.

Keywords:   Colonial America, religious liberty, church and state, religious liberty

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