Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation between Church and State

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1Introduction: The Creation of an American Metaphor1
2The President, a Mammoth Cheese, and the “Wall of Separation”: Jeffersonian Politics and the New England Baptists9
3“Sowing Useful Truths and Principles”: Thomas Jefferson and the Danbury Baptist Association25
4“What the Wall Separates”: A Jurisdictional Interpretation of the “Wall of Separation”55
5Early References to a “Wall of Separation”: Prefiguring the Jeffersonian Metaphor71
6Creating “Effectual Barriers”: Alternative Metaphors in Defense of Religious Liberty83
7“Useful Truths and Principles… Germinate and Become Rooted” in the American Mind: Jefferson's Metaphor Enters Political and Juridical Discourse95
8Conclusion: The Re-Creation of Church-State Law, Policy, and Discourse107
Appendices: Documents from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson129
1Proclamation Appointing a Day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer, May 1774131
2Address to the Inhabitants of the Parish of St. Anne, 1774132

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