Steven K. Green

in The Second Disestablishment

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780195399677
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777150 | DOI:

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This chapter considers the reaction among conservative evangelicals to perceived secularization in the closing decades of the nineteenth century. It traces the rise of new moral reform societies and renewed attempts to maintain America’s character as a Christian nation through constitutional amendment, legislation, and invigorated enforcement of Sunday laws. The chapter focuses on the activities of the National Reform Association, which was at the forefront of efforts to amend the Constitution and to pass moral legislation. It concludes with a discussion of a brief revival of the maxim in legal and popular commentary.

Keywords: Constitutional amendment; Sunday laws; moral legislation; Christian nation; National Reform Association; legal commentary

Chapter.  13284 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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