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Religion & the First Amendment: History

Scholarly Articles

Current scholarly articles on this subject may be found in the databases linked under 'Research Tools in the header above.

Suggested search terms follow. Tailor your search further by recombining these terms and placing them into the search syntax particular to the database you use.

  • "religion clauses" AND histor*
  • "religious freedom" AND origin*
  • "founding fathers" AND religi*

Helpful Websites

This outline summarizes the major issues and identifies individuals involved in influencing the role of religion in the U.S. (The First Amendment Center)
This timeline documents religious influence on the U.S. over the past 400 years. (PBS)

Historical Background

History of Supreme Court Interpretation