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The Mormon Question: Polygamy and Constitutional Conflict in Nineteenth-Century America
My research into the “Mormon Question” has blurred disciplinary boundaries, demonstrating that legal history occurs outside the confines of law books, out in the world of popular culture, politicalExpand
Blasphemy and the Law of Religious Liberty in Nineteenth-Century America
IN 1811, CHIEF JUDGE JAMES KENT OF THE COURT OF APPEALS OF NEW YORK upheld the conviction of John Ruggles for blasphemy. Ruggles’s crime was shouting “Jesus Christ was a bastard, and his mother mustExpand
"Free" Religion and "Captive" Schools: Protestants, Catholics, and Education, 1945-1965
Follow this and additional works at: http://scholarship.law.upenn.edu/faculty_scholarship Part of the Economic History Commons, Education Commons, Educational Sociology Commons, History of ReligionExpand
Recasting American Liberty: Gender, Race, Law, and the Railroad Revolution, 1865-1920 (review)
avert that outcome. The saga closes with the terminal’s rescue by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, its restoration, and its rededication in 1998. This is a compelling story, and it is wonderfullyExpand
The Spirit of the Law: Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America
* Preface * The New Constitutional World * The Worship of Idols * The Almighty and the Dollar * Faith as Liberation * Holy War * Covenants of Love * Epilogue * Notes * Acknowledgments * Index
The First Disestablishment: Limits on Church Power and Property Before the Civil War
Debates over the rights of religious organizations pit those who argue for “church autonomy” from state interference against those who argue for strict separation. In battles to exempt religiousExpand
“The Liberty of Self-Degradation”: Polygamy, Woman Suffrage, and Consent in Nineteenth-Century America
"These are strange times," charged Kate Field in 1886, "when a female Mormon lobby asks Congress to give to Utah the liberty of self-degradation!" The degradation Field spoke of was polygamy, aExpand
Unfinished Business: The Railroad in American Life
The Myth of American Religious Freedom