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The Third Disestablishment: Church, State, and American Culture, 1940-1975

Steven K. Green


The Third Disestablishment: Church, State, and American Culture, 1940–1975 examines the formative period in the development of modern church–state law. It discusses the cultural background for the Supreme Court’s adoption of separation of church and state as the controlling constitutional construct and then the popular response to that adoption. This cultural backdrop included a period of heightened tensions between institutional Protestantism and Catholicism, a conflict that did not dissipate until after the election of John F. Kennedy and the reforms of Vatican II. The book then considers th ... More

Keywords: separation of church and state, Supreme Court, Protestantism, Catholic Church, John F. Kennedy, Constitution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190908140
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190908140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven K. Green, author
Fred H. Paulus Professor of Law, salestor of the Center for Religion, Law & Democracy, and affiliated Professor of History, Willamette University

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