“The Amendmentists”

Steven K. Green

in The Bible, the School, and the Constitution

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827909
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932849 | DOI:
“The Amendmentists”

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This chapter considers a related issue to the School Question: the competing efforts of Protestant conservatives and religious skeptics to amend the United States Constitution to guarantee that the nation, and its education system, would reflect Christian or secular values, respectively. The efforts came from two organizations: the National Reform Association and the Liberal League, the latter promoted through the journal The Index. Although both attempts at amending the Constitution came to naught, the debate surrounding the two efforts between 1868 and 1876 gave the School Question a broader context about the role of the government in promoting religion.

Keywords: constitutional amendment; National Reform Association; Liberal League

Chapter.  19828 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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