Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation between Church and State
Hall, Timothy L., The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State. By DANIEL L. DREISBACH. New York: New York University Press, 2002. x, 283 pp. $42.00.
THOMAS JEFFERSON penned perhaps the most famous metaphor in American constitutional law when he wrote to the Danbury Baptists in early 1802 and referred to "a wall of separation between Church & State" (p. 2). Daniel Dreisbach's new book makes an important contribution to church-state scholarship by elaborating both the circumstances surrounding Jefferson's original use of this metaphor and its introduction into modern constitutional discourse. On the basis of this elaboration, the author concludes that the "wall of …
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Publication information: Article title: Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation between Church and State. Contributors: Hall, Timothy L. - Author. Journal title: The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. Volume: 111. Issue: 2 Publication date: April 1, 2003. Page number: 189. © Virginia Historical Society Summer 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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