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In a powerful challenge to conventional wisdom, Philip Hamburger argues that the separation of church and state has no historical foundation. The detailed evidence assembled here shows that eighteenth-century Americans almost never invoked this principle. Although Thomas Jefferson and others retrospectively claimed that the First Amendment separated church and state, separation became part of American constitutional law only much later.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674013742
ISBN-10: 0674013743
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 32mm)
Pages: 528
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Philip Hamburger

Philip Hamburger is Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at the Columbia Law School.

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